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Gearing up for ski season


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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) -- This week, we saw our first real snow fall around Wausau. And on Friday, workers at Granite Peak made some snow of their own.

"It's a giant snow storm running about 6,000 gallons of water per minute," said Stu Kulpinski of Granite Peak's Uphill Operations

The workers at Granite Peak are making up for lost time. After a week that wasn't quite cold enough for making snow, they can finally start churning it out.

"It's a busy day," said Kulpinski. "We're making snow, we're pushing snow around and getting ready for opening up tomorrow morning at nine o'clock."

Their mission -- cover Granite Peak with a foot of snow.

Their game plan -- divide and conquer.

With 18 snowmakers and a bundled-up crew, they take on the mountain to create the atmosphere that skiers and snowboarders have grown to love.

"The environment," said snowboarder Luke Herwig. "There's really big runs and it's kind of cheap. And then like it's really fun. Everyone's nice."

Herwig started skiing when he was just four years old and has been snowboarding since he was ten. He came all the way from Chicago for Granite Peak's opening weekend and he plans to make the most of it.

"I'll be here at nine in the morning," Herwig said. He plans to snowboard until the slopes close at 9 P.M.

The sub-temperatures keep the snow from melting. Even though they manufacture the snow, the workers said it's just as good as the real thing.

"It's regular snow," said Kulpinski. "All it is is water and we put some fan power behind it and some compressed air and it nucleizes up in the air and it lands as regular snow."

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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