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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) -

Skiers and snowboarders are getting ready to hit the slopes at Granite Peak.

The ski hill will open this weekend.

This comes after hours of snowmaking and ideal weather conditions.

Granite Peak snowmakers are hard at work, prepping the ski hill for an estimated 1,000 people skiers this weekend.

"Most seasons we don't get lucky enough to make that good push, but we've had a solid 48 hours of blowing snow, so we'll be able to have a couple of good runs open for this Saturday," said Chris Pingel, Snow Sports Education Director.

"Usually we're looking at Thanksgiving as our time to be open, so now by Thanksgiving, hopefully we'll have a good half the hill ready to go."

Snowboarders said it can't come soon enough.

"I'm really excited, this is earlier than they usually open, so it's really nice to be able to get out here this early," said Jack David.

Workers said some new programmable snow guns helped the effort.

Overall, 60 snow guns run 6 to 8 hours at a time.

"We made enough to open up two runs from top to bottom," said Bobby Smith, Terrain Park Manager.

The weather has been very cold and perfect for snowmaking.

Now, the temperature has jumped, but workers aren't worried.

"The snow pack will generally stay here as long as it doesn't get above 50," said Smith.

Snow enthusiasts said that's music to their ears.

"It's a real rush, it's just a lot of fun to be able to go out there and go down the hill," said David.

Until then, workers said they'll groom the hills for a busy weekend.

Workers said they've stopped making snow because temperatures are too warm. But they hope to get back to it Monday night.

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