Warm weather's not so perfect for Perfect North

Posted at 7:16 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 20:49:44-05

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- Tuesday felt more like the first day of spring instead of winter, so it wasn't exactly ideal weather to go skiing at Perfect North Slopes.

But for Chase Mears and his fellow skiiers, as long as there's snow, the weather's just fine.

"It's almost Christmas, and we at least got a day in of skiing, so we're pretty happy right now," Mears said.

Steve Brafford has been skiing at Perfect North since it opened 36 seasons ago. He said it's been an unusual season so far, but he was glad the slopes were open.

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"We've had days like this before, but this is great," Brafford said. "It's unbelievable that we're open."

Perfect North general manager and co-owner, Chip Perfect, said the weather so far has been bad for businesses. Perfect North hasn't been able to give its 1,000-plus seasonal employees the hours they were expecting, and revenue is down significantly.

Last weekend's cold weather meant the slopes were open Tuesday, though.

"We decided, what the heck, it's time to make something happen, and so we surprised a lot of people including ourselves by being open today," Perfect said.

Perfect North Slopes will be open Wednesday, too, but the rest of the season is dependent on the weather: WCPO meteorologists, for example, don't forecast any below-freezing temperatures in the next seven days.