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Hogadon Basin Ski Area hopes for cooler temperatures

Hogadon Superintendent Christopher Smith talks about the warm weather and when the ski area may...
Hogadon Superintendent Christopher Smith talks about the warm weather and when the ski area may open.(Katie Reed)
Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 5:51 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Record breaking warm temperatures this fall has left the Hogadon Basin Ski Area hoping for cooler temperatures so they can open their slopes.

“Right now, is a waiting game we’re kind of in between large snow belts up north and a little bit down south mostly it’s the warmer air that’s coming through that’s wreaking havoc with us,” said Hogadon Superintendent Christopher Smith.

The ski area is preparing for ski and snowboarding season despite uncertainty about when the opening day will be.

The Hogadon is not letting the warmth get them down, even without snow fall, they just need a few days with cool enough weather to start up their snow makers. Base snow can be artificially made when temperatures hit 25 degrees or lower.

“I study the forecasts like every day, two or three different sites, it looks like maybe next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we may get a round of snow making in so if we get anywhere from 10 to 12 hours, we will start making snow,” said Smith.

Today is the last day to buy pre-season passes for the Hogadon. This is the first year they are offering night skiing and snowboarding on Fridays and Saturdays.

If conditions allow, they plan to open Dec. 11.

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