First snow of the season hits Red Lodge Mountain

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RED LODGE – Red Lodge Mountain saw its first snow of the season Tuesday morning, which means ski season is right around the corner.

That two inches of snow quickly melted away, but left Spencer Weimar, the mountain’s assistant general manager, eager to get the season started, especially after the summer the city has endured.

“Everyone is looking forward to winter, a normal winter, in the sense that we can go out and recreate ourselves, and we don’t have to deal with some of the challenges that we had this summer with the flooding,” Weimar said.

As the snow fell on Tuesday, it will take another month and a half to hit the slopes. November 25, after Thanksgiving, is the scheduled opening day for the season.

“We had record pass sales this year,” he said.

And you can expect to see a few changes when creating these first tracks. Among them, the yurt is moved to the top of Miami Beach.

“It will serve as a warming hut for snow sports,” Weimar said.

Next year will bring even more changes to Red Lodge Mountain. The ski area is getting a makeover.

“We will remove the Miami chair in the spring and then install the new lift in the summer,” he said.

A plan that’s been in the works for five years is finally in motion after finding the used elevator this spring in Alta, Utah.

“Across the whole project, we’re spending about $2.5 million. Which is a pretty big investment for us here at Red Lodge,” Weimar said.

It’s a big investment, but one of Red Lodge’s hopefuls will pay big dividends when the snow starts to fall.

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