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Businesses eager for start of ski season on Mt. Hood

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MOUNT HOOD, OR (KPTV) -

Ski season on Mt. Hood could be off to a slow start this year if more snow doesn't start falling soon.

Ski resorts and businesses that depend on the snow pack are hoping the slopes can be open by Thanksgiving Day.

A light dusting of snow on the ground was a welcome sight in Government Camp Thursday, because it means ski season is right around the corner.

"When I worked last night there wasn't anything on the ground but it was trying to snow," said Jenn Reitz, who works at Ice Axe Grill in Government Camp. "When I drove up today I was like, ‘Where did this come from?'"

Reitz wants to see a whole lot more of it. She said business doesn't normally pick up until the ski resorts can open.

"Business was a little slow today. I think people are still trying to get into the spirit of the winter," she said.

FOX 12 meteorologist Mark Nelson said it is still too early to tell if enough snow will fall for the ski resorts to be able to open before Thanksgiving Day.

Dave Tragethon, with Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, said he is optimistic.

"We'd really like to have a solid 40-inch base before we get our operations going," he said.

Right now there's nowhere near that much snow on the slopes.

Web camera video from the resort's website showed just a light dusting. Last year, the resort opened on Nov. 19, several days before Thanksgiving, with a 45-inch snow base.

"At Meadows we usually open about seven out of 10 times before Thanksgiving," said Tragethon. "Every now and then we have a year we don't get open by then. And we haven't given up on Thanksgiving yet, but we'd like to see what the weather will bring us."

Stay with kptv.com for updates on when the ski resorts will open.

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