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Hidden Valley Helps Mother Nature with Snow

Managers of the St. Louis area ski resort in Wildwood hope this recent string of cold temperatures hangs on for this week. They're aiming to open for the season Wednesday afternoon.

All staffers wanted for Christmas was snow, but the white powder didn't come this year. The past two nights of colder temperatures enabled them, however, to start making their own snow with more confidence that it can be sustained for a while.

Stemming from weather predictions for this week, Hidden Valley's Wildwood-based team members said the plan is to open Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Hidden Valley General Manager Bill Brandes said they are "still shooting to open tomorrow afternoon," although it is "not a final decision."

"As of this morning, we're still trying to get there," he said, taking a quick break from making snow.

The resort has 12 ski trails as well as a snow tubing area. New for this year, group rates for 15 to 50 people are offered for the Polar Plunge tubing area.

A Hidden Valley snow report hotline is available as a way to get statuses and time-sensitive updates throughout the season:  636-938-6999.

Editor's Note:  Due to the weather dependency for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, check back to Patch for updates and/or call the Hidden Valley snow report before heading to the resort.

This article was updated at 12:55 p.m.:  Hidden Valley General Manager Bill Brandes just confirmed with Eureka-Wildwood Patch the resort WILL OPEN tomorrow afternoon as planned. He said they have enough base snow to open and will "go from there." He also said temperatures below freezing, along with low humidity, are key to skiing, boarding and tubing conditions. This afternoon's focus is about grooming the machine-produced snow. Apparently, most ski resorts across the United States have had a difficult time accumulating or keeping enough snow base for this winter's season.

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