Last winter was the most mild I can ever recall. We hardly had any snow fall and if we did it was gone again within a day or two. For those of us who aren't big fans of the white stuff, it was a great winter. Yet, for those who rely on snow to make a living it was a very difficult year.
Close to us there is a golf course, which makes use of the winter weather and runs a tube slide in the winter months. It is a huge attraction around here, the older school kids always take a day to visit in late winter, as well as scouting groups. My family has been there a few times and always came home with reports of great fun had by all, ending in a special treat of a hot chocolate at the clubhouse.
Last year with the dismal show of natural snow, they were never so happy to have an artificial snow machine to keep their business open. My daughter's grade eight class had several dates which had to canceled due to the temperatures being too warm to even keep the granular fake snow from melting. When they finally did find a day to go, it was funny to see in her pictures, the green grass next to the snowy tube slides.
Si far, this year has been quite a bit better. At least we are getting some cold temperatures, and any snow we do get is not melting within a day or two. Though, it's definitely not like winters past, where we would get snow in November and it would stick right through to the end of February. I don't really mind these mild winters, but I know there are lots of people who love to get out there and play in the snow. And, I am sure that tube ride and ski hill operators are pretty thankful for their snow making equipment during these unpredictable winters.