- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Montana skiers are ready for the season to begin.

Scott Grasser is owner of Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski area in the Bitterroot Valley. He says the area typically expects to open on the first Friday of December. But with only about a foot of snow on the ground, he says the groomers haven’t gone to work yet.

Grasser says he likes to see at least 2.5 feet of snow before starting grooming operations and says he’s counting on Sunday’s forecast of snow to help.

The Ravalli Republic reports (https://bit.ly/2g0het2 ) that Bitterroot National Forest hydrologist Ed Snook says the long range forecast for snow is good.

The valley saw heavy rains in October. Three weather reporting stations recorded precipitation that was nearly three times the normal amount for the month.

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