Local ski resorts and towns prepare for their busiest month

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DENVER -- Colorado’s ski resorts enter their busiest month of the season Sunday.

But they had to get through a few hiccups compliments of Mother Nature the past couple weekends.

Snowstorms affected the numbers of people hitting and riding the slopes.

"Snow is good for us," said Rob Goodell, spokesman for Loveland Ski Area.

It's interesting how we can look at the same snow storm so differently.

Some see it as a blessing.

"It was great, the whole day," said long-time skier Lon Karnik of Denver.

Others see it as a curse.

"It's the roads and the traffic. So we just skipped it. It's not worth the risk," said Suzanne Plaut of Denver.

She and her family of four planned on coming up last Sunday, but stayed home instead.

"It was snowing hard and wasn't going to stop. I just don't like being on the roads when there is a lot of snow," she said.

"The news kept saying the highway was shut down or dangerous conditions. With my car, I don't take a risk," said skier John Haupt of Thornton.

It also kept him and his mini cooper home.

“I'd rather be safe than sorry," he said.

Loveland Ski says the barrage of storm warnings meant a dip in skier traffic.

"Our feelings are things got overplayed a little bit," said Goodell.

He understands safety, but says you don't need to forsake a day of powder.

You just have to prepare.

"You can know exactly what is going on, what the conditions are, in real time these days to make informed decisions in your travel choices," he said about CDOT and other resort websites.

Karnik brushed all the warnings aside.

"Denver was snow packed. But once you left Denver West, it kept getting drier as you came. And I went the speed limit the whole way," he said.

And that journey led to one of his best ski days ever.

"When they say it's going to be bad, that when you want to go skiing," he said.

It seems what's bad for some, is good for others.

And this weekend, Loveland hopes to capitalize on the pent up demand.

"We're probably seeing better business this weekend than anticipated because they missed last weekend and all their friends told them how good it was," said Goodell.

Last year, Loveland enjoyed its second highest number of skier visits and higher than average amounts of snow. They hope 2015 will match or surpass that.

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