Photos courtesy of Snow Creek Ski Resort

Business is good for Snow Creek ski resort in Weston near Kansas City. Guest Services Specialist Darin Pond tells Missourinet the school and business closings this week have increased traffic at the slopes in Platte County.

“The parents are stuck home with kids that want to go skiing,” says Pond. “So, on those days that the schools close, they actually come skiing. We’ve had a lot of smiling faces and a lot of people.”

Pond says the cold temperatures are a perfect storm for skiers, tubers and snowboarders.

“We’ve seen more people this year, and it’s not because we didn’t have snow at this time last year. We make our own and when it gets cold enough, we turn our snow guns on,” says Pond. “But it’s more, when it feels like winter, people want to do wintery things.”

Pond expects the cold temps might lead to a longer than usual ski season this year.

Snow Creek, located on 40 acres of land with various terrain, employs about 400 people, including ski lift operators, instructors and ski patrol. The resort opened in 1985 and sits atop bluffs on the Missouri River.