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Cold may freeze Whitefish Mountain's opening day

By KCFW Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:07:00 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 06 2013 04:48:38 PM MST

Whitefish mountain resort may already have a ton of snow… 50 inches at the summit and more than 20 inches at the base… but the cold weather could put a freeze on some of the resort's plans for what could be their biggest opening day ever.

Crews have been busy all week preparing the mountain to open Saturday, Dec. 6, and resort spokesperson Riley Polumbus told us yesterday that they had enough snow to open nearly all of their terrain including Hellroaring basin, a section of the mountain that has never been open this early since its addition in 1996. But today, the mountain issued a press release stating that due to foretasted temperatures near 20 below, accompanied by strong winds "there is a good chance we will close the upper mountain for the safety of our guests and employees".  Polumbus told us yesterday that despite the cold weather she's optimistic people will come out for opening day.

"I think we'll still see a lot of skiers on opening day they just might not ski as much vertical as they do on opening day but i think you know who knows it's it is expected to be cold and if you do plan to come up make sure you're layering and going in and warming up on occasion to avoid cold weather injuries." Polumbus said.

The press release went on to day that if this closure does happen the mountain will offer discounted lift tickets for the lower lifts at a rate of $40 for adults and $25 for children and seniors.