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Area ski resorts enjoy strong year after mild winter of 2011-12

Several days after the first official day of spring, many Central New Yorkers are anxiously anticipating milder temperatures and an end to snow.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Several days after the first official day of spring, many Central New Yorkers are anxiously anticipating milder temperatures and an end to snow.

But for ski resorts in the region, the winter weather is heating up business.

Song Mountain had a late start to the season, but ever since it's enjoyed a solid year.

On Thursday, trails were covered with at least a foot of snow.

"Compared to last year, it’s about a 60 percent ahead so it's a huge increase, last year was one of the worst years on record, compared to two years ago - which was a really good year - we're just a little bit behind,” said Song Mountain Resort owner Peter Harris.

Last year, the resort closed on March 11 after one of the mildest winters in recent memory.

In 2013, Song Mountain remains open 10 days later. The lift is still running and all 24 trails are open.

Song Mountain has already been open for 80 days and is aiming for 100. It's hoping the snow remains through mid-April.

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