The Snow Bowl will open for the season Sunday, Dec. 23, with hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the holiday school break Dec. 24 – Jan. 1, the ski area is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (closed Christmas Day). Night skiiing begins Jan. 2, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday.

"Since the beginning of December, we have been able to make snow and groom the base night and day, non-stop," said Holly Edwards, assistant director. After watching the weather Dec. 21 and 22, grooming and preparation for opening day will resume when temperatures drop again during the night of Dec. 22, she said.

Snowmaking began Dec. 4. Snow Bowl Mountain Manager Tom Beauregard watched temperatures and weather conditions, and made adjustments accordingly, according to a press release from the ski area. The ideal snowmaking temperature is between 12 and 15 degrees. A short-lived temperature increase during the day does not make much difference, as long as temperatures go back down to the mid-20s, Beauregard explained.

When the mountain's alpine trails are not open for skiing, they are closed fto the public for safety reasons.

"That means no skiing, sledding, skinning or walking on the alpine ski trails. Also, no dogs are allowed on the trails," Edwards said.

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