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Snowhaven may open Dec. 22, if enough snow comes through

With fresh snow having fallen this weekend on a bit less than four inches of ungroomed snow seen last Thursday, Nov. 29, at Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area, grooming may begin this week, manager Scott Wasem told the Free Press Monday, Dec. 3.

“I got more snow out at my place from the storm than I think they got in town,” Wasem said. “I think it mostly went north of us.”

It takes about 18 inches of compacted, groomed snow for Snowhaven to open, and depending on the moisture content, a foot of new-fallen snow typically grooms down to 4-8 inches. That means Snowhaven is at least one big storm away from opening day – and there’s not much in the forecast, Wasem said.

Last year, Snowhaven’s Dec. 26 opening was made possible by a big storm that moved in just before the holiday. This year, if the snow comes in time, Snowhaven is prepared to open as early as Dec. 22 – the first Saturday of schools’ Christmas break. If it works out, Wasem said the plan calls for open hours 10-2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and Snowhaven would be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Area snowboard, ski and tube enthusiasts may find the latest information on the Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area Facebook page,


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