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Two feet of fresh snow allows Mt. Waterman ski area to reopen

File photo: Mt. Waterman in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest. Thanks to two feet of fresh snow this week and more predicted for the coming week, the Mt. Waterman ski area will reopen for the first time in four years.
File photo: Mt. Waterman in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest. Thanks to two feet of fresh snow this week and more predicted for the coming week, the Mt. Waterman ski area will reopen for the first time in four years.
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The Mt. Waterman ski area is expected to reopen next Saturday thanks to two feet of freshly fallen snow.

"When we started seeing the snow, we were very excited," Beth Metcalf, manager of Mt. Waterman Ski Lifts, told KPCC.

The Metcalf family bought the Mt. Waterman mountain ski resort with investors in 2006 but has not been able to open it in four years because there simply has not been enough snow.

Unlike many other resorts, Mt. Waterman Ski Lifts does not make its own snow and prefers to have at least 3 feet of the natural stuff on the ground before opening.

"We're definitely flying by the seat of the pants of Mother Nature. We have to spring to action when we can and get everything done and then open," Metcalf said. "As long as it's cold and the snow lasts, we're open."

The National Weather Service is forecasting more snow for Mt. Waterman in the coming week.

Metcalf told KPCC she would continue to keep a close eye on the weather as she hires and trains 15 or so people to help man the resort for the 2015-'16 season.