Schweitzer Mountain got its first measurable snowfall over the weekend, which means the clock is ticking to get the slopes ready for the winter sports season.
"We always love to see snow in October,? Sean Mirus, market director said. ?Everyone starts getting excited, it's cooling off. Even though it may be raining down town, it's definitely nice to look up from the valley and see the white stuff in the hills."
For staff, that white stuff means something else, work. Mirus said it's all hands on deck to get the mountain ready for their anticipated opening around Thanksgiving.
?A lot of it has to do with how much brush cutting we can do and really, what type of snow falls,? Mirus said. ?The actual wetter, heavier snow is really good early in the season, it helps the brush and the foliage on the ground really lay over and so we don't need as much snow.?