There's no business like snow business

There's no business like snow business »Play Video

MOUNT HOOD MEADOWS, Ore. - The resorts on Mt. Hood quickly became winter wonderlands after 3 to 5 inches of snow fell overnight.

It took a while, but Mother Nature finally graced the slopes with a fresh blanket of powder. It's something riders like Drake Greenlee have been waiting weeks for.

"I've been coming up," he said. "I went and camped last weekend and then came up the previous weekend. And it's just been really dry, lots of rocks and dirt. So yeah, I'm psyched about these inches."

Greelee is not the only one "psyched about these inches."

Mt. Hood Meadows is celebrating, but also getting to work as the resort will need to shift snow down from the higher elevations toward the base.

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They'll also spread it around in some of the bare spots, a process they call "snow farming."

Dave Tragethon, who works for the resort, said it's "a cultivation process where we'll take snow and stockpile it, and then take it and spread it out onto the slope when we need it later."

He said they were able to open for the Thanksgiving holiday because they farmed snow from their parking lot.

Tragethon said it's too early in the season to panic about a lack of snow yet.

The plan with this week's cold, dry weather is to make snow and then eventually open more lifts to access more of the mountain.