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Terry Peak starts making snow; hopeful for Thanksgiving opening

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The first real snow accumulation of the year may have been bad for drivers, but it's welcome news for winter sports enthusiasts.
 
Terry Peak Ski Area hopes to open the day after Thanksgiving, and the recent shift to cold, wintry weather has managers hopeful they can pull that off.

And they're not the only ones optimistic about the white sky.
 
"We're hoping," said Jessica Ringling of Lead, "especially with the new chairlift up there and everything."

Ringling has been spending her winters going up and down the slopes at Terry Peak for almost 22 years.
 
"I've been skiing since I could walk," she said. "I started snowboarding about eight years ago."
 
So for her, Saturday's snowfall, however minimal, means she doesn't have to take a year off.
 
"Any snow is good snow at this point. We'll take what we can get," said Ringling.
 
"It keeps people psyched," added Timmy Leppert, snow surfaces manager at Terry Peak.

But that's not all it does: Leppert explained the cold means they can start putting their own powder on the slopes.
 
"We started at 6 a.m. [Saturday] morning," Leppert said. "Mother Nature finally decided it was time to be winter."
 
The ski area is starting to make snow a little later than in past years -- "We usually like to try around the end of October." -- but with 15 snow machines running, "It's never going to put us behind," said Leppert. "We just keep on making until we have enough."
 
As long as it stays cold three or four days a week, he said they'll have plenty of snow by the target opening date of November 23.

And plenty of snow means plenty of skiing.
 
"Everyone's hopes are really high right no," Ringling said.

At this point, though, it's kind of up in the air as to whether Mother Nature will keep cooperating.

Warmer temperatures next week could put a damper on the mood at Terry Peak.

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