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Jiminy Peak Resort welcomes first snowfall as it gears up for season

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Snowfall is good news for Jiminy Peak, as it looks to welcome its first wave of customers this weekend. The resort is hoping Mother Nature will stay on its side for a good skiing season. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more.

HANCOCK, Mass. -- "Holy smokes, here we go, the season's getting underway," said Brian Fairbanks, CEO of Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock.

He and his workers are hustling to open its doors over the next few days. And the snowfall from the Nor'easter is helping them move along.

"This is great for us in terms of getting staff up and running and doing their job and getting season ticket holders here, getting people thinking skiing," said Fairbank.

It's an early start compared to last year, when the lack of snow led to slump in the number of skiers.

"We got 36 inches of snow last year. That's a third of what we normally get, shortest season ever, so this may be the longest season ever," said Fairbank.

That long season would be a boost for business. The resort was hurt by a lack of business last year.

"Because we have purred along at a good pace for such a long time, to have business fall apart by 20 percent, I just ask anybody, what would you do if you lost 20 percent of your income? And that's what happened to us," said Fairbank.

Workers will be working over the next few days to make sure they're ready by Saturday morning.

"We're just really scrambling a little bit to get things ready, but by Saturday morning, we'll absolutely be there," said Betsy Strickler, Director of Sales and Marketing at the resort.

About six to eight trails and two chairlifts will be open for the weekend. The resort is the biggest ski resort in southern New England. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP