BOISE, Idaho — Bogus Basin is getting an early start to its snowmaking operations for the coming ski season.

The mountain recreation area fired up all 24 of it's fan guns over the weekend, blowing snow onto the Upper and Lower Ridge off the Deerpoint Chairlift.

This marks the first time that the new snowmaking system - which was installed last year - has been fully operational prior to the winter season.

"Colder temperatures allowed us to start making snow earlier than expected,"General Manager Brad Wilson said in a statement. "We are excited about being ahead of where we thought we'd be at this time."

Nighttime temperatures dropped into the teens on the mountain over the weekend, creating ideal conditions to make snow.

The expected opening date for ski season is Dec. 7, but officials say that date will be moved up if the combination of man-made and natural snow allows.

According to Bogus Basin, nearly 500,000 gallons of water was used during snowmaking operations over the weekend.

Snowmaking is expected to continue through the week to include the base area and tubing hill.

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