NUMBER OF YEARS IN OPERATION: 71 years in operation, 2nd year for Nick and Cyndy
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Approximately 50 during peak season
DESCRIBE YOUR SUCCESS STORY. Snow Ridge has been a staple of Lewis County since it was founded back in 1945. The area's natural snowfall has given the Ridge an exceptional reputation throughout the industry, offering up some of the best snow in the world to skiers and snowboarders. Cyndy and I have over 45 years of combined experience in the ski industry, working at resorts in New York, Colorado, and Oregon. We were fortunate enough to acquire the business last season, and we're overwhelmed with its potential.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO BUSINESS IN LEWIS COUNTY? We fell in love with Snow Ridge and the surrounding area from the first visit we made a couple of years ago. Obviously, the Tug Hill's famous snowfall was a huge draw for us as well. Through speaking with a number of people about the business and Lewis County, it became clear that they really loved it here and they were proud of where they came from. After living here for just over a year now, it's easy to see why!
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DOING BUSINESS HERE? One of our biggest advantages is the lake effect snow. We are in a very unique and fortuitous situation as a business that relies 100% on snow. We do still need to make snow, as almost every other ski area in the northeast does, but our natural snowfall reduces that need greatly. Another huge advantage is our neighbors. The people of Lewis County have been nothing but kind and encouraging throughout our first year at the resort.