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Snow brings smiling faces to Red Lodge residents

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RED LODGE, Mont. -

Residents of Red Lodge couldn't be happier with the snowfall, especially after last year, when snow totals fell short of ideal.

In just 24-hours, more than a foot of snow fell on Red Lodge Mountain, bringing many smiles to the community and that's because the anticipation of winter festivities are now just around the corner.

Marketing Director of Red Lodge Mountain, Jeff Caroll, said “This is incredibly exciting because prior to this we were looking at bare ground so this was much needed in anticipation of opening this season.”

Caroll said in the past, the day after Thanksgiving typically is grand opening day, bringing in a busy holiday weekend, but even though Red Lodge saw heavy snow totals with this winter storm, resort managers remain tentative on the opening date, hoping they can maintain the snow they have now, along with the snow produced by the snow machines.

"If we can keep temperatures below freezing not only does that facilitate snow making but it keeps the snow that we're getting from mother nature on the hill, and that really is the key for us at this point to get us to a solid opening day," said Caroll.

He adds "We can tell that our skiers are ready to roll, and excited, and ready to go, and this is putting everybody in a really good mood."

Red Lodge Mountain isn’t the only one excited for snow as General Manager of Beartooth Hideaway Inn and Cabins, Scott Nance said the more snow the better, in fact they welcome it.  Nance said the inn sees a lot of ski groups who come to town, sometimes booking a year in advance and with the shortage of snow last year Nance said they lost a lot of those groups and unfortunately the revenue that comes with them as well.  

This year is looking up though, and he couldn't be more thrilled. "We've been out in the snow since 6 o'clock this morning, some have been out as early as 4 or 5 in the morning. It's great to see the snow. That just tells us that hopefully we can look forward to a really strong winter"  

Sherry Weamer, with the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce also said, "This morning when we woke up everyone had been grins on their faces. Whether it's the ski area opening up in a few days or just getting out and snowshoeing, hiking, we're all about it."

She said the snow will definitely add to their Christmas Stroll coming up December 2nd and 3rd and invite everyone to come on down and enjoy the fun.

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