CHERRY CREEK, NY (WNY News Now) – A Chautauqua County ski resort is closing down operations for the remainder of the winter season.
Cockaigne announced the news on Thursday, saying this has been a very challenging season due to the mild temperatures and lack of snowfall.
In the town of Cherry Creek, only around 35 to 37 inches of snow has been recorded so far.
With only a few periods where the temperatures provided opportunities to make snow, combine with recent rain, conditions on the resort’s hills are less than favorable.
“We at Cockaigne are as unhappy with both the conditions and the slopes as much as our guests, however it is very difficult to do much with Mother Nature, and we are a resort that relies heavily on natural snowfall,” wrote resort management in a post on social media. “Many people have made assumptions that we have given up, or do not care about our guests or staff. This is NOT the case.”
“Every fall we hire staff, train and make all the arrangements to run the entire resort, however when winter does not arrive when it should, unfortunately, you may lose many of your employees who haven’t worked a single day all season,” continued the post. “We have also seen a lightening of guest visits especially when the weather is less than ideal. We are not alone in these challenges as most of the East has experienced the same issues.”
Due to the various weather conditions, management decided to close the entire resort for the rest of the season.