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Snow begins to cover slopes at Granite Peak

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) -

The sun may be shining, but at Granite Peak, there are frosted trees and icicles.

Now, there's snow.

It's taken some time for workers to start spraying the slopes with snow.

"Probably several days to set up the guns beforehand, get out all our hoses," said Kellen Bernhardt, a worker from Wausau.

Just this week, workers finally started creating the white blanket. Workers say the cold temperatures have helped.

"Probably 28 when it started up and it got down to 24 degrees earlier this morning," said Bernhardt.

Crews at Granite Peak say it's taken two million gallons of water to make the snow and 65 air fans to freeze it.

"Once we get a little more of a base then we just make piles and push it around with the snow cat and that's how we create our runs," said Matt Howe, a maintenance snow operator. "We run two shifts two twelve hour shifts so about twenty people."

Workers plan to continue to make snow for the next month and a half.

"If we have some decent weather next week bunch of cold nights we could possibly get opened by the sixteenth," said Howe.

Until then, workers have plenty to do as they get ready for skiers anxious to make their mark on the slopes.

Workers at the slopes say that they are expecting about 800 to 900 people going to test out the slopes the opening weekend.

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