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SUNVALLEY, Idaho -- The lack of snow hasn't kept Idaho's premier ski resort from slowing down.

KTVB traveled to Sun Valley to see how they are dealing with this drought season.

Before 1980 a snow year like the one we are having right now would have all but shut down Baldy and Dollar mountains from skiing and boarding.

The fallout would have brought a huge economic hit to the entire Wood River Valley.

But thanks to the foresight of the late resort owner Earl Holding, who brought snowmaking to the mountain trails, numbers at the resort and at local businesses are near where they are in peak snow seasons.

The conditions are wonderful here, they've been like this since Thanksgiving and if it wasn't for the snowmaking that Mr Holding had the vision to put in, the economy would not be where it is in the Wood River Valley today, said Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley Resort.

The resort has nearly 600 snowmaking guns that pump out fresh powder all night and into the morning hours every day.

And despite not having a flake of Mother Nature's snow in over a week, all of Sun Valley's most popular runs are open.

That translates to skier visits on the mountain and visitors who spend money all over Blaine County, something they will tell you in Bellevue, Carey, Hailey and Ketchum, is sustaining them in this drought ski season.

Sun Valley opened its Nordic center last week and reported today they have five of their 15 trails open -- totaling six miles.

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