Granite Peak Transforms Into Winter Wonderland

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Fall is on it's way out and winter is on it's way in. But good news for all you snow bunnies! While mother nature hasn't sent a lot of the white stuff our way just yet, the staff at one popular ski hill is working day and night to get you back on the slopes.

It seems like we just said goodbye, but now we're saying hello to snow. A short five months after the last traces of it melted from Granite Peak it's back thanks to snow machines.

"I think we cover about 200 acres here and I think last year we put up 200 million gallons of water up the hill," Director of day time snow making at Granite Peak Matt Howe explains. "That's three to four feet across the whole 200 acres."

Seventy snow cannons dot the side of Rib Mountain. Each cannon is prepared to run non-stop until mid January, pumping out 100 to 150 gallons a minute. That is if temperatures remain 28 degrees or cooler.

The man made snow tends to be a little more dense, making it easier for staff to handle and push around. But for skiers and snowboarders, Howe says they won't be able to tell the difference.

If overnight temperatures remain cool enough and the staff at Granite Peak is able to run the machines all night like for the next two weeks, they should have four or five runs covered in the white stuff and ready to open as early as November 16th. They hope to have all remaining runs open by Thanksgiving.


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