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Ski resorts get ready for winter season

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Last winter sent some ski resorts down a treacherous financial slope. They're hoping this year will be the exact opposite. But, Woods Valley Ski Resort owners say they're not too worried. With new snow pipelines and equipment, they plan to offer great snow conditions no matter what mother nature throws at them. Our Cara Thomas tells us what to expect this winter.

WESTERNVILLE, N.Y. -- The Woods Valley Ski Resort has been around for 48 years, and owner Tim Woods said while last winter left much to be desired, it didn't get the best of them.

"Anybody in this business if they can't handle a couple years like last year in a row, they should be able to handle that. We're prepared to handle it," said Woods.

With last winter's warm temperatures and lack of precipitation, ski resorts had to work extra hard to keep their hills white. But, Woods said making snow wasn't the hardest part, it was getting people to come out and enjoy it.

"Don't worry what's out in the backyard," he said. "If it's cold, we'll have snow on the hills, and we're ready."

And they're ready all right. They've already got snow on the ground after testing all their brand new snow making equipment.

Woods said, "Another form of insurance I buy, is keeping up with technology and being able to capitalize on what might be shorter windows of opportunity of cold weather to make snow."

Even this little bit of snow won't go to waste. On Sunday, Woods Valley along with a local board shop, will be holding their first event of the season: a rail jam.

Rachel Puma, the co-owner of Lifted Boardshop, said, "It's to get kids amped up for the season because you know you might not see snow, there's a little snow right now, but hopefully it's going to be an awesome season to where we'll do this a lot more."

The rail jam is only the beginning. This year they have a new tubing hill and two new snowboard parks. Woods Valley plans to crank up the snow machines by next week and open up to the public by December 7.

Sunday's event is free to the public, but any donations will go to Sandy relief efforts. The rail jam goes from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Woods Valley Ski Resort. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP