Eaglecrest Ski Area will be opening one chairlift and one trail on Saturday, according to General Manager Dave Scanlan.
The Porcupine Chairlift and adjacent Muskeg trail will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
“That’s the only thing we’re guaranteeing right now,” Scanlan said Tuesday afternoon by phone.
Scanlan said more of the mountain may open, however, but it’s still up in the air. In addition to whatever snow falls naturally this week, Scanlan said snowmaking equipment will be in operation — conditions permitting — Wednesday night or Thursday morning to Sunday morning. The equipment needs sub 30-degree temperatures and 90% humidity to operate, he said.
“The colder it gets, the better production it is,” Scanlan said.
The snowmaking efforts will be centered on the Porcupine chair area and base of Hooter and Ptarmigan chairs, he said.
Skiers and snowboarders getting in early turns should exercise caution and steer clear of the snowmaking equipment, he said.
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