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North country snow storm attracts hundreds to Dry Hill Ski Area Saturday

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Hundreds of people hit the slopes Saturday to ski, snowboard and tube on the fresh powder this week’s storm dumped on the north country.

Dry Hill Ski Area owner Timothy L. McAtee said 25 to 30 inches of natural snow had accumulated over the past week on top of a man-made base there of 6 to 30 inches, depending on the slope.

Season pass sales have picked back up and the ski area was “jammed” Friday thanks to the snowstorm Thursday, he said. And Canadians and New Yorkers of all ages kept pouring in Saturday, as well.

Angie Caird, of Lansdowne, Ontario, said her daughter Aleasha, who turns 10 today, had skied down the slopes three times so far and had not fallen once.

“It’s not that hard,” said Aleasha, a fairly good ice skater who started skiing last winter.

Like Mrs. Caird, many other parents came with their children to teach them how to handle the slopes.

“It’s a good starting hill for kids,” said Alan Kozlowski of Pulaski, who has been skiing for 25 years and came Saturday to teach his daughter Katarina some moves.

Nine-year-old Liam Bennett came with his parents, William and Tammy of Fort Drum, to snow-tube for the first time in his life. Now he plans to take skiing lessons soon.

When asked if he’d rather learn how to snowboard, Liam said he wants to master skiing first.

“We’ll take one step at a time,” Liam said.

Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin, also attracted hundreds of skiers and snowboarders Saturday.

Resort manager Judy E. Sweeney said the recent storm dumped 23 inches of natural snow on Snow Ridge and an additional 6 inches by Saturday afternoon.

Dry Hill was closed on Christmas but will stay open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The slopes will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Snow tubing hours will be noon to 10 p.m. Monday and noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Snow Ridge will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday.

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