South Bristol, N.Y. – “I love skiing at Bristol,” exclaimed Mia Rejvac, who we caught up with on her way to the chairlift. That sentiment was shared by many Saturday at Bristol Mountain.
“If winter's here, you got to get out and enjoy it,” said Curt Stiles of Lake Placid.
“We love it, it's beautiful,” said Tatjana Rejvac. Rejvac, her daughter Mia and family came to Bristol Mountain with a group from Toronto. And before they made their first trip down the mountain, they were already planning their trip back to the area this summer.
“We're seeing a lot of our regular guests that come from the local counties,” said Drew Broderick, marketing director at Bristol Mountain. “We're seeing a lot of folks from outside the area this week.”
Warm weather held off the start of the ski season until Christmas, but the season has been a good one ever since.
“It's a blast compared to not doing anything in the wintertime,” said Scott Dibble, who has not let the late start to the season keep him off the slopes. Dibble was one of three skiers on a monoski Saturday afternoon. Dibble was paralyzed in a car accident in the 1990s and just in the last three years re-learned how to ski.
“I still four-wheel and hunt and stuff, but I hadn't skied in 17 years because of the disability,” said Dibble, who now finds himself on the slopes often.
Bristol Mountain is only on day 55 of the season, not even halfway through. The ski resort continues to make snow and is planning for a busy week, with so many kids on break from school.