Arctic Blast Has Snow Making Machines On Full Blast

Although it may feel like winter is finally here, it's been a slow start for area ski resorts, and the recent mild temperatures has kept the resort from even making snow.

But the arctic blast will have the snow machines busy, at least for the next several days.

Kenny Hess with Massanutten Resorty says, "We're making what we consider base snow which is a little heavier and it with stands the warm temperatures more."

Massanutten resort says many of their employees haven't been able work as much or even work at all.

But now that temperatures have plunged, Hess says the employees at the resort are getting a bit more excited.

Hess says, "They're excited, you know it's cold now and winter's here, or appears to be here, everybody's excited to get to work."

There may not be a big snow in the forecast for the Valley just yet, but Hess says there's a plus side to having man-made snow.

"The plus side of man-made snow is it is much more dense and it holds up better to the weather that we've seen recently, as opposed to the colder temperatures that we have liked

The arctic blast is expected to be short lived as temperatures return to above average by the end of the week. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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