Montana Outdoors

Nov 10, 2012 7:57 PM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News

Snowbowl plans December 1 opening

MISSOULA - Snowbowl hopes to be open for ski season December 1, if everything goes according to plan.

While the winter weather hit hard in portions of northcentral and southwest Montana, Snowbowl's mountain manager Pat McKay says they didn't get as much powder as he would have liked.

McKay is expecting more snow on Tuesday, but in the meantime several snow guns are covering the bowl with manmade powder. The guns use a fan to force out pressurized air and water, which makes snow when the temperature is below freezing.

"We're running anywhere up to 600-and-some pounds of water pressure in these things," McKay said. "The colder it is the better it is so the more snow we can make."

McKay estimates the snowguns are currently pumping out about 150,000 gallons of water or more every 12 hours.

Sat., Nov. 10 is the last day to take advantage of the fall pass sale. Click here for the Snowbowl site to learn more.

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