Things looking up for NM ski resorts

Updated: 12/29/2013 11:50 PM | Created: 12/29/2013 10:55 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Things are looking up for ski resorts all over New Mexico.

Many managers say the weekend after Christmas is their version of Black Friday.

“In a good snow year like this we'll have about 175 employees so it helps the local economy when we have a good snow year and we get people back to work,” said Brian Coon, The Operations Manager with The Sandia Peak Ski Resort.

He says their ski classes have been full with 200 students a day.

Locals like Nathan Randall and his family say this year has more snow, which also attracted visitors from all over the world.

“It’s been really busy a lot of foreigners,” Randall said, “They were speaking other languages other than Spanish or English.”

Many independent ski rental shops near resorts in the state had to put people on waiting lists or turn away customers because they did not have enough equipment.

“We're getting a lot of destination travelers as they come to see family and friends,” said Coon.

“San Antonio is probably in the 60s right now and it’s not snowing and this is very cold,” said first time snowboarder Brittany Friesenhahn, “Very, very cold.”

But Mother Nature permitting, skiers like the Randall family hope to be back soon.

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