Snow a no go so far this season

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WILDWOOD, MO (KPLR) – We`re not in Colorado, Utah or even Vermont.

But this is the show-me state and if you want to see some snow in Missouri and skiing, they can provide that at Hidden Valley.

Mother Nature might not be cooperating currently but the local ski resort has you covered, or at least they`ll have these hills covered soon.

"We've opened as early as mid-December and as late as January 4th," says Bill Brandis, Hidden Valley General Manager.  "So this is something we've come to expect.  But we have a lot of great snow guns and two big ponds filled with well water that we can pump water out of and make snow.  We just need the right conditions of low temperatures and low humidity."

Tuesday they tested one of their 100 snow guns, firing some powdery mixture onto the rolling hills of Eureka.

The local snow resort can pump up to 5000 gallons of water per minute.

That equals to about 12" of machine made snow in a 24 hour period at temperatures of 20 degrees.

This later start is something they plan for at a ski resort in Missouri.

Hidden Valley typically has an 80-day season. If weather cooperates Hidden Valley hopes to make it a white Christmas.

And to make the most of the shortened ski season here in the Midwest, Hidden Valley has night time skiing every evening and midnight skiing on Fridays and Saturdays beginning in late December, weather permitting, of course.

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