Byline: Bill Kettler
Dec. 12--By Gene Landsmann's calendar, winter is officially late.
Never mind that the winter solstice is still nine days over the horizon. Dec. 10 marks the average opening day for Ski Ashland, where Landsmann works as marketing director. And Dec. 10 came and went Sunday with nowhere near enough snow for anyone to ski.
"We need two good solid storms," said Landsmann, who has watched winters come and go on Mount Ashland since 1974. Ten to 15 inches of snow covered the ski trails Monday, and light snow was falling, but there were still patches of bare ground where Landsmann typically sees 2 or 3 feet of snow at this time of year. …