Snowbird readies snow guns to recoup lost holiday weekend

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Snowbird ski resort’s closure of winter operations over the Thanksgiving weekend was not an easy decision to make, spokesman Brian Brown said Monday. 

The record-breaking high temperatures made a less-than-ideal skiing experience for visitors, Brown said, the biggest factor in the decision to close. The resort opened for winter operations the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but closed Friday. 

Now, snow guns are positioned around the ski runs as temperatures drop again. 

“We have three-dozen snowmaking guns on the mountain. We will be 100 percent full force, trying to make up for lost time last week,” Brown said. Temperatures were expected to drop into the teens at the resort Monday night, which would allow teams to get started on making that snow and tentatively open back up by the week’s end. 

The Monday after Thanksgiving saw an unusual weather pattern in Northern Utah. Commuters were treated to a golden sunrise, but high winds made that commute difficult. The winds knocked out power to hundreds of Rocky Mountain Power customers. The power was restored by 9:30 a.m. Temperatures in the morning neared 70 degrees, dropping to the 50s by mid-afternoon. 

ABC4 Utah meteorologist Devon Lucie called Monday a “backwards day,” starting out warm, and ending up frigid. 

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