GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) As powder-hounds get antsy waiting for the slopes to open, some local businesses are also anxiously awaiting the extra customers flocking to the Western Slope.
Powderhorn employees are hard at work, building up the resort's snow base with a little help from mother nature.
A strong base means a good ski season - and maybe even an extended one, which would be even more exciting for retailers.
"Anytime Powderhorn can open early it's good for them and it's also good for us," says manager of The Board and Buckle, Kent Foster. "A lot of people don't feel there's enough snow on the mountain to do anything until Powderhorn opens."
Powderhorn is set to open on December 12th but with a little help from the weather and some more of the white stuff, you could see it opening early.
The earlier Powderhorn opens, the earlier local businesses can start seeing those extra profits.
"It's always something that we're looking to do, open early, extend the season," says Sales and Marketing Manager for Powderhorn, Gabrielle Michna. "It's something that is considered if in fact we do get the snow that we need to make that happen."