PINEDALE – Skiers and snowboarders hoping to ride White Pine on Thanksgiving got a big boost from the last storm that rolled through Pinedale. Co-owner Alan Blackburn said the mountain received between one and two feet of snow up top.
As of Wednesday, White Pine has received 36 inches of snow so far this season.
White Pine is now reporting a 12-inch base and Blackburn said the base around the lodge has between 6-9 inches of snow.
With a few more storm cycles expected to roll through town over the next week, Blackburn said he's keeping his fingers crossed that the mountain will get enough snow to open on Thanksgiving Day. A little more snow and they'll be able to get out and pack it down, he said.
The mountain's tubing hill will be open on Thanksgiving, but Blackburn said they're waiting to make a decision about its opening day, and how much terrain they'll be able to open, within the next week, after the next storms blow through.
Since White Pine doesn't make snow, the mountain depends on natural snow and Mother Nature's generosity.
The U.S. Forest Service is also working on its fuels reduction program at the mountain, burning piles of wood and cleaning up the mountain.