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Bristol Mountain Hopes For Busy 2013

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Skiiers took full advantage of the recent snowfall and cold temperatures by hitting the slopes on New Years Day. Local ski resorts are looking to bounce back after last year's mild winter.

Some people say last year's warm winter was a nice change of pace, then again they weren't skiers.

Last year's record breaking winter had temperatures rising into the sixties. The longest an inch of snow stayed on the ground in Rochester was six days, leaving ski resorts to make the best with the snow they had.

"It's all due to the amount we put into our snow making system. We made investments over the last several decades, which really has made it possible to ski 100 days even with kind of weather that we had to indure last winter," said Dan Fuller, general manager at Bristol Mountain.

Area ski resorts got off to a late start again this year. Bristol Mountain didn't open until Christmas Eve.

But after last week's snowfall left the resort with 16 inches of fresh snow, they predict a successful season.

"Last year at this time, we had about 17 trails open; now we have 29. So you can see the difference between the two years."

Skiers and snowboarders aren't wasting any time.

"It's a big part of the weather around here so if you can't do it, it's a big waste of the year basically, it's a little disappointing," said Travis Crawford, Rochester.

It's also a great way to keep active.

"The exercise factor, doing something, getting off the couch, there's a lot of football and stuff on but I'd rather get out here and do something," said Peter Crawford.

"It's gorgeous, beautiful just being in the mountains and having a nice cup of tea afterwards."

Skiers say they look forward to the different seasons in Western New York.

"I just love the rain and the snow, all the things that a lot of people complain about."

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