Crews from Mt. Hood Skibowl are making the most of this week's Arctic blast of cold air to pile up man-made snow and prepare for their first weekend opening of 2013-14.

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Two days after a torrential downpour dumped nine inches of rain on Mount Hood, skiers and snowboarders were enjoying light powder and perfect visibility.

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The big storm hasn't hit yet, but Mt. Hood Meadows already has announced that it plans to operate seven days a week from Thanksgiving weekend forward.

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Skibowl's snowmaking and grooming crews have managed to get the tubing hill open for Thanksgiving weekend.

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You'll need your gloves and goggles this weekend.

Mt. Hood Meadows plans to operate Daisy, Easy Rider (as needed), Buttercup and Cascade Express (weather permitting) Friday through Sunday from 9 to 4.

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Spring conditions and blue skies all weekend.

A huge mass of warm, mellow air settled onto Mount Hood for the weekend, bringing sunny skies, spring conditions and tee shirt weather for the first two days of lift operations at Mt. Hood Meadows.

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The snow at Timberline has been hard and fast.

Timberline operated four lifts and three terrain parks on Friday, November 22 and plans to keep as much terrain open as possible for daily operations.

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Anyone ready to make turns on this side of the mountain?

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was updated Friday morning to reflect the news that Meadows plans to open Cascade Express this weekend, offering far more terrain than was originally expected.

Mt. Hood Meadows will open for the first time of 2013-14 this weekend in spite of limited snow cover at lower elevations.

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Timberline picked up 17 inches of snow over the weekend.

Timberline staffers are scrambling to make the transition to daily lift operations on Mount Hood starting this Friday, November 22.

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Early snow and nice weather brought a record number of Mount Hood visits last season.

Mount Hood resorts hosted 1,342,405 visits from skiers and snowboarders and other recreators in 2012-13, nearly 150,000 more than the 10-year average.

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