PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There were shoppers everywhere in Monroeville on Monday. It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, except for the weather. Shoppers had mixed reactions to that.
“I’ll take this; this is my kind of weather,” said one.
“I do not want a White Christmas,” added another.
“I don’t require a White Christmas anymore. I did when I was younger,” said a third shopper.
But those who really want to see some of the white stuff don’t have to go far. Two of the slopes at Boyce Park officially opened for business at 3:30 p.m. Monday and they have snow.
“We hope to get as many people in here as possible just to get them acclimated to, ‘Hey, we’re going to be skiing at Boyce Park,’” said Tom Mettrick, the manager of the Boyce Park Ski Program.
Right now, only the beginner and intermediate slopes are open.
The colder temperatures over the weekend were the first chance this season to make snow, so now there’s a base. It’s enough to get the ski season started.
“I don’t care if we have any natural snow,” Mettrick said. “The natural snow brings people out cause they look in their backyard and say, ‘Oh look, there’s snow.’”
There’s enough manmade snow to open right now, but it’s too warm to make any more. They need at least three days in a row of 30 degrees or less to make more snow.
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They’ve been making snow since Friday and were able to create piles of snow up to 15 feet high in some places. The resorts plan to be open through at least Sunday and hopefully longer if the weather cooperates.
Also, the Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink is finally opening on Tuesday with two sessions. Click here for more information on their hours and admission prices. It will be open seven days a week through the spring.