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Resorts making snow but still holding their breath

Kristina Eastham, Of the Record staff

Although forecasted weekend storms did not deliver the expected snow to local resorts, colder temperatures have enabled resorts to begin making snow.

Park City Mountain Resort began making snow at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning, according to Paula Fabel, a spokesperson from PCMR. Temperatures have dipped down below 28 degrees, the threshold for snowmaking.

Unfortunately, both PCMR and The Canyons were forced to postpone their opening days to Friday, Nov. 23. Last week, both resorts had pushed back their expected opening day to today. But the suitable snowmaking weather that arrived early Tuesday did not come soon enough.

"We aim to open on Friday as long as weather cooperates. If not Friday then Saturday," said Libby Dowd, a spokesperson for The Canyons Resort.

PCMR has also rescheduled for Friday. Resort officials are optimistic that the temperatures will remain low enough to continue making snow throughout the week.

"At this point in time, with the temperatures remaining cold throughout today, and it looks like tomorrow is going to be much of the same, maybe even colder, we’re feeling very positive that we’ll open on Friday," Fabel said. "However, if for any reason Mother nature doesn’t cooperate and temperatures warm up, we might just have to reevaluate."

For guests arriving before Friday, PCMR will open the Alpine Coaster today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with a shopping and restaurants.

Fabel said that as long as temperatures remain low enough, the resort plans to continue blowing snow and will open Home Run on Friday.

The Canyons plans to open Saddleback and High Meadow lifts as soon as they are able. The most up-to-date information is available on their website at thecanyons.com or by calling the "snow phone" at 435-615-3456.

While Deer Valley Resort is not scheduled to open until Dec. 8, officials say they are taking advantage of the snowmaking weather.

"We haven’t gotten really any snow, but we have had a couple very successful days making snow," Erin Grady said.

Locals and visitors alike are hoping for prolonged chilly weather so they can hit the slopes for the holiday weekend.

"It just comes down to making sure we have the best conditions for our guests," Fabel said.


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