KALISPELL, Mont. - After a cold and wet June, the summer season is starting to heat up. Temperatures hovered around 90 on Wednesday and Flathead aquatic businesses took advantage of the warm weather.
The Big Sky Waterslide Park in Columbia Falls and the Woodland Park Water Park in Kalispell had slow starts to the season. This week's weather has been a welcome sign.
"We're a little bit behind as usual, but we had a really good year last year so it's hard to base it against that. But it was definitely a colder, rainier June than usual," said Mike Dyon, the Assistant Manager of Big Sky Waterslides.
At Woodland Park in Kalispell, the waterpark was filled to capacity. 516 people filled the park, prompting employees to stop letting people in.
"Today has been our busiest day of the year; we've actually hit maximum capacity, so we have people waiting in line," said Aquatic Coordinator Cynthia Thorsen.
The slow start to the season also means a shorter season altogether for these businesses. Warm weather is a crucial time for business.
"We go until Labor Day, which is September 1 this year, so it's one of our shorter seasons we've ever had, so we really need the good weather," said Dyon.
Both of these waterparks hope that the warm weather sticks around so they can make up for lost time and still turn a profit.