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Ski areas prepare for Winter Storm Bethany

After a slow start to the ski season, officials at the newly reopened Powder Ridge is hoping Winter Storm Bethany will provide some much needed snow.

The mountain finally has some slopes open and chair lifts running but still has a long way to go.

Once the temperatures dropped this week, employees at Powder Ridge said they were really able to crank up the snow makers and finally get some good cover going.

"We're pumping out over 1,200 gallons a minute, putting snow down as fast as we can now that we have the temperatures, and it finally looks like a winter resort," said Powder Ridge CEO Sean Hayes.

Hayes said there have been challenges since he bought the abandoned Powder Ridge Ski Resort and invested millions to get it back up and running.

"It's been closed for eight years, so you're finding the devils in the details," Hayes said. "Pipes are cracking, this is breaking. You're finding things we thought we were OK with, and it's really just pains as she wakes back up."

This week, five of the 24 trails were open and the Jib Park was pretty packed. The magic carpet and two chairlifts are running.

Families said they've been waiting.

"We live in Durham, so it's a five-minute drive from our house, and we're really excited to come here after school for a couple of hours and on the weekend," Sue Strang said.

But some said they had hoped to see more by now.

"Right now, there's not a lot of stuff set up," said Nino Polleta, of Watertown. "They don't have a lot of snow, but with the big snowstorm coming up this weekend, I really think it's going to help them out."

With the kinks worked out and the snow guns flying, skiers and boarders alike said storm Bethany could be a lot of fun.

"I love snow," said Kelsey Richey, of Cromwell. "I'm not the one that cries about it or anything. I love the fact that everything will be covered in white powder soon."

The lights were turned on at Powder Ridge, which means the slopes will open until 10 p.m.  Officials at Powder Ridge said they are hoping that'll be the case every day now for the rest of the season.

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