12/29/2014 04:59 EST | Updated 02/28/2015 05:59 EST

Quebec ski resorts look to rebound from warm Christmas

It hasn’t been an easy start to the holiday season for Quebec ski hills, with unseasonably warm temperatures and rain hitting the province right before the Christmas break.

But resort operators are optimistic things will improve as they head into the new year.

“Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were obviously two days that we want to put behind us because of the rain, but those are days that are usually quieter. It picks up after people have digested the turkey, I guess,” Yves Juneau, the head of the Association of Quebec ski resorts, told CBC’s Daybreak.

Juneau said hills have been able to make more snow over the past few days thanks to cooler temperatures.

“Now it’s getting to the time that is really important to us, and this is where the holiday season will make or break for the industry,” he said.

Greg McCullough, vice-president of operations for the resorts of the Saint-Sauveur valley, said conditions are better than people in Montreal might think.

“It’s more the perception from people that don’t see the snow,” McCullough told Daybreak, explaining that hills can make artificial snow starting at around -4 or -5 Celsius.

“We’ve got 100 per cent of our beginner trails open, and that’s the market that we cater to during the Christmas period.”