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Ski Season Begins Today At Campgaw Mountain

(credit: Campgaw)

(credit: Campgaw)

MAHWAH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - It’s been a less than wintry December so far, but a Bergen County ski mountain is opening its doors this morning.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell On The Story

The mountain is finally snow-covered at Campgaw, but the opening is coming a week later than they would have liked.

“The problem has been the weather,” said spokesman Richard Alley.

He says they’ve had trouble making snow.

“To make snow, it has to be anywhere from 30 degrees or lower. Optimum weather would be 29 degrees and low humidity,” he said.

So, they’ve had to get creative.

“We’re actually taking snow from our parking lot and bringing it up to the mountain to utilize in certain areas,” he said.

The delay has really hurt, he told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

“It is holiday week for most people. So this is one of the most important weeks for us,” he said, adding that he hopes they’ll make up for it at the end of the season.

“It’s a crazy business. Any time you rely on weather for your business, you are going to have your ups and downs,” he added.

While skiers can hit the slopes today, tubers will have to wait until next week.