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Ski Snowstar invests $250,000 in Upgrades

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Despite having a tough season last year, Ski Snowstar in Andalusia is making some major upgrades for the season. One of the major projects is a new pond and two new snow machines, which is allowing workers to make more of the fluffy white stuff than ever before. The snow machines were even fired up Tuesday, covering the grounds in a fresh blanket of snow.

Other upgrades include a bigger tubing hill and parking lot, as well as geo thermal patio and new deck for outdoor eating. General Manager Ed Meyer says despite the mild winter last year and a slow season, the projects are something he and the other owners have been talking about for a long time.

He says there are ten owners involved and they invested revenue from last season back into the park to pay for the projects, which cost more than $250,000. Meyer says if anything, the warm winter was a big factor in deciding to move forward with plans to construct a new pond and buy a couple of new snow machines.

"We don't have to worry about water, water availability, this will give us the capacity to make snow all winter long whenever we want," he said.

He says in the past the park only had one pond and creek to rely on to make snow and it ran very low last year. Meyer says all the projects were a lot to take on in one summer, but he is hoping it all pays off.

 "I am very excited because there was a lot of hard work that went into them this summer, things we have talking about wanting to do for several years and finally bit the bullet and did it this year. We wanted to send the message, despite having a bad year we are alive and well and we want to do everything possible to make it that much more enjoyable for our customers."

Meyer says he hopes to open by December 15th, but if the cooler temps stick it could be earlier than that. He says another exciting new feature this year is that the U.S. Airbag will be coming. That is a company that will bring a giant blowup airbag that snow boarders can land on when practicing their jumps.