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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:31 pm

FAIRBANKS — Moose Mountain Ski Resort in the Goldstream Valley will open for the season on Friday and there will be a fresh carpet of powder to carve turns in, thanks to a foot of new snow that fell this week.

“One hundred percent powder,” owner Roger Evans said of conditions at The Moose. “With this much snow, we won’t be able to groom it until it gets packed down.”

The first bus will run at 10 a.m. and the last bus will leave at 3 p.m., he said.

Up at Mount Aurora Skiland on Cleary Summit, meanwhile, owners Brenda and Steve Birdsall still haven’t set an opening date but they’re hoping to fire up the farthest north chairlift in North America on Dec. 22.

“We’re hoping with what we got and what they’re forecasting it will be enough to open,” Brenda Birdsall said. “We’ll have to get it all groomed down and see what it looks like.”

For info on Moose Mountain, go to and to check out Skiland go to

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