By Mike Dougherty

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — This is normally the week skiers hit the slopes for the first time of the season, but the mild weather in December prevented some resorts from making all the snow needed for great conditions.

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“We’re more than ready. I guess it’s Mother Nature that’s not quite ready yet,” Spring Mountain owner Rick Buckman tells KYW Newsradio.

Ideal snow making conditions call for temperatures below freezing with low humidity. With temperatures regularly in the 40s and 50s, December has given us better golf weather than ski weather.

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“We’ve been able to make snow at different times,” Buckman said. “We thought we got an early start back in November, but then December has been just too warm and rainy.”

Buckman says they will be open this weekend to do discounted lessons for beginners. He is looking to resume snow making Monday and hopes to open the slopes by the middle of next week.

“Obviously, it has to be below freezing, preferably 28 or below with low humidity.”

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Blue Mountain and ski resorts in the Poconos have a limited number of slopes open. And conditions should improve as we go deeper into winter.

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