New Brunswick's mild winter bonus for some businesses, not so good for others

New Brunswick's wonky winter weather is impacting businesses in different ways.

Lack of snow has hurt ski and ski-doo businesses in the province, but golfers are rejoicing

Crabbe Mountain has closed 23 of its ski runs this year due to the weather. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

New Brunswick's winter weather, or lack of it, is impacting businesses in different ways. 

With little snow in the southern part of the province, golf courses are expecting to open early and ski hills will be closing down. 

Shawn Riggs, an executive at the Gage Golf and Curling Club in Oromocto, said it looks like the golf course will be open early this year.

"We see the green out there, it's looking good. Usually we aim to be open mid-May time-frame, this year we're hoping to be open for at least the first of May," he said.

But Riggs says if the weather stays warm, and the ground firms up, there's a chance they could open even earlier. 

"For a golfer, it's great. For guy on a ski-doo or a skier, it's probably not all that great. But hey, I'm a golfer so it's great for me."  

Crabbe Mountain still continues to operate despite a lack of winter weather. (Shane Fowler/CBC)
For skiers, it's not good. An hour away at Crabbe Mountain Ski Hill, there are just 11 runs out of 34 that are open.  

Ski racing coach Joseph Andrews says the mild winter has been less than perfect for the sport.   

"Not ideal. Not much snow, we've got a lot of ice and stuff. Last year it was definitely better. It's passable this year."  

 Crabbe Mountain has had to reschedule some of its weekend events much earlier in the season to take advantage of the snow that is left. 

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures ranging from 5 to 7 C with sun and rain throughout the week. 

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