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Let the grooming begin: Monarch Mountain building its snow base

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Monarch Mountain Ski Area is one of the few remaining mountains still relying solely on all nature made snow. “We're all natural,” said Mountain Operations Vice President, Scott Pressly, “We all feel like it's a better product." The overnight snowstorm offered a boost toward the goal of opening soon.

For the first time this season the ski area has enough snow to start grooming.   Our snow depth is deep enough now to get some cats out there and start our early season compacting process," Packing it down is about preservation.  "So that it does stick around, “ said Pressly, “Where it takes loose snow granules and blows them away."

Monarch staff measures seven new inches at the area base. One skier named Eva, who hiked to the top for a powder run, reports her feel like factor, "Up there, it is unbelievable. It's like three feet of snow.” It is enough for those ambitious enough to trek to the top, but a storm or two more is need for the mountain to open the lifts.

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