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Schweitzer Mountain Resort readies sneak peek opening Saturday

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SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN, Idaho -

"We did a bunch of brush cutting which allows us to open the run with less snowfall," says Schweitzer Mountain Resort Marketing Director Sean Mirus.

While the mountain is open during the summer for hikers and mountain bikers, Mirus and others have been working hard to get the trails and slopes ready for the first snowfall.

"We got a little bit of snow already," says Mirus, excited for the snow which began yesterday morning. Just by looking at the mountain today, however, you'd think it'd been snowing for days. That's because the resort has been using a machines called "fan guns".

"For a few weeks we've placed them up and down the slopes," says Mirus.

The machines pump out high density air and water, under the right temperatures you have snow. These have given the resort the opportunity pile snow up and down the mountain and have enough slopes ready to host a special "sneak peek" opening this Saturday.

"We like to have at least a foot of snowfall on our slopes," says Mirus. "We still have a lot of work to do, we have about 3,000 miles of terrain with about 92 trails."

Mirus says the resort doesn't officially open until Dec. 5th, but those looking to get a head start on skiing and snowboarding can do so on Saturday.

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