• Frigid temps allow mountain ski resorts to kick off season early

    By: Dave Faherty

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    WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. - Frigid temperatures have allowed ski resorts in the North Carolina mountains to get an early jump on the ski season.

    On Friday, Channel 9's Dave Faherty went to Appalachian Ski Mountain resort, where snow guns could be seen pumping out snow.

    As temperatures continue to drop, workers said they hope to make snow nonstop next week.

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    At the peak of ski season, Appalachian Ski Mountain will employ 400 people. The ski industry pumps more than $190 million into the western North Carolina economy.

    "Thanksgiving is a five-day holiday for most of the people in the world, and that's a time people can break away and enjoy some time on the slopes," Brad Moretz, with Appalachian Ski Mountain, said.

    The resort hoped to open the Friday before Thanksgiving, but that date could be moved up with chilly temperatures arriving much sooner.

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