Snow Hinders Progress For New Season On Lake Dillon
FRISCO, Colo. (CBS4) – The same system that was bringing rain to the Front Range on Monday and Tuesday was dumping even more snow in Colorado’s mountains.
Snow was falling for much of Tuesday on top of what’s already on the ground after one of the best ski seasons in years. The snow has been great news for ski areas, but not so good for summer businesses.
Now that most of the major ski areas are closed, most of the businesses in the high country are ready for it to stop. Places like the Frisco and Dillon marinas have already lost a week’s worth of work.
“It’s challenging; it’s extra work,” said Phil Hofer, Frisco Marina Manager.
Hofer has been trying to put a new dock together in the middle of heavy snow.
“If it wasn’t snowing as much as it’s snowing, we’d be removing shrink wrap and getting boats ready for the summer,” Hofer said.
The work has to get done, but Mother Nature just isn’t giving him a break.
“You wake up and it’s snowing again,” he said.
March was one of the driest months on record, but in April there has hardly been even one sunny day.
“Normally by this time we start to peel it off and get the masts commissioned, get sails on and the motors ready to go.”
Right now Hofer has to do most of the backbreaking work because the weather has kept him from hiring more staff.
The new season usually begins around Memorial Day and usually lasts 10 to 12 weeks.