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December 06, 2017 06:51 AM

Snow Makers Working At Great Bear

Sioux Falls

Great Bear Ski Valley says it is finally able to make snow on its slopes.

Starting Tuesday night, the park between Sioux Falls and Brandon turned on the snow makers to turn patches of grass into a blanket of white snow. 

Manager Dan Grider says he's had skiers calling him and asking when it's going to open. Now that the snow makers are on, he can finally give them an answer. 

"Hopefully we'll be able to make snow right through the weekend into next week. Generally speaking, if the temperatures stay cold with daytime highs in the mid 20s, overnights in the teens, we can get open in about 7 to 10 days," Grider said. 

Grider says they pump around 800 gallons of water a minute to make the snow and that will run for around seven days. Unseasonably warm weather in November has delayed Great Bear in opening for the season to skiers, snowboarders and tubers.
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