YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The success of Don Peters' ski shop hinges on one simple ingredient, which he said has been easy to find this winter.
"Ski season now is picking up because of the snow, and it’s doing very well," Peters said. "It’s been busy for the last two months."
As the owner of Sports Barn Ski & Sport at 2918 Crompond Road, Peters has seen his fair share of ski seasons, and each one is a roll of the dice.
“Two years ago was one of the best seasons ever and last year was one of the worst seasons," he said. “The ski business is built on weather."
Peters said the unpredictable nature of weather has forced a lot of ski shops to go out of business, but that Sports Barn is able to stay afloat because of small overhead and other products it offers. Other big sellers for Sports Barn are lacrosse equipment and custom apparel through screen printing and embroidery.
The future for Sports Barn also looks bright, Peters said, as more and more young children are picking up skis.
“This year, more than normal, we’ve been renting equipment to three and four year olds, which is good for the sport because you need the youth," he said. “You need young kids to feed the sport and make it grow, make the store grow, and we’ve been having a lot of young kids."
He said the sport has also become more inviting to casual skiers and first-timers.
“They’ve got sound systems in the helmets now,” he said. “You can listen to your iPod, you can answer your phone, and they all have Bluetooth in them now. And of course with all the new clothes now,Under Armour, North Face, all the performance and the sweat drying garments make it a warmer sport so you’re not, like when I was kid, you’re not ice cold.”
Peters said ski season tapers down after President’s Day weekend in February. The weekend is typically one of the biggest skiing weekends of the year, but students in Yorktown and many other districts have had that weekend shortened to make up for days lost to Hurricane Sandy.