Roundtop Mountain Resort’s soft opening forecasts a good season

LEWISBERRY, Pa. (WHTM) – Roundtop Mountain Resort opened up one of its ski hills for Black Friday, but not permanently. It’s an early start, especially after last winter, when they didn’t open until January.

Ten-year-old Henry Batley trekked up the mountain for his first run of the season.

“I wanted to get out and start warming up and getting ready,” he said.

Today he’s on top of the world, which is actually the 75-foot hill Roundtop was able to open for the day.

“I’m just excited that it’s getting snow so early,” he said.

He’s right. This is early.

“They ended up making a lot more snow than they thought they would,” Roundtop marketing director Chris Dudding said, “so we said let’s just open up and let the kids enjoy it, and so that’s what you’re seeing here today.”

“There’s enough out there to have fun for today, but it’ll probably just be today,” he added.

Last year’s late start because of unseasonably warm weather put a strain on about 1,000 seasonable employees.

“A lot of Roundtop employees, including myself, rely on the income,” said Matt Stambaugh, the resort’s freestyle terrain manager. “Last year was a little more difficult because we didn’t open as early, so you have to watch expenses a little bit more with budgeting and that kind of thing.”

That’s not a concern this year.

“By Christmas, we’ll be in full operation and hopefully normal by then,” Dudding said.

He expects they’ll be able to make more snow by late next week and then open within the first two weeks of December.

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