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Saskatoon ski hill scrambles to compensate for lack of snow


Optimist Hill in Saskatoon is facing challenges as it grapples with the lack of snow caused by unusually warm El Nino temperatures.

Optimist Hill, while equipped with snow machines, is not immune to the impact of the weather.

"It's a little bit more difficult than last year at this time, we were open with lots of both manmade and natural snow on the ground," general manager Maxine Tebbe said.

According to Tebbe, covering the entire hill with artificial snow is economically challenging. As a result, the hill is adopting some creative measures.

"Right now, we've got some trucks that are hauling out snow from the arenas, the ice shavings. Hopefully, that will help some of the grounds out here."

Tebbe estimates at least 50 loads of powder from arenas and snow removal companies will arrive in the coming weeks.

She remains hopeful that the hill should be able to open on its scheduled Dec. 8 date. Top Stories

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