OGDEN — Winter is almost upon us.

While Snowbasin is just one of the local mountains gearing up for the upcoming season, both Ogden and the resort were recently praised in the latest edition of Ski Magazine.

It just so happens that the article published the same day the resort began making snow in preparation for opening day.

The article, published online Tuesday, gives high marks to Snowbasin and called the resort an “openly kept secret” in the state. The piece continued, and claimed that Ogden’s proximity to Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Nordic Valley rivaled the access of the Salt Lake valley to the resorts of Big and Little Cottonwood canyons.

In addition to detailing the Snowbasin run used for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Men’s and Women’s Downhill event, the article also highlights local eateries and watering holes, like Alleged on 25th and The Angry Goat Pub and Kitchen.

The same day the article published, Snowbasin’s machines started pumping out flurries in the early morning hours for the first time this fall.

Megan Collins, Snowbasin’s communications director, said in an email that snow machines will be running any time temperatures dip below 28.4 degrees Wet Bulb, a calculation that takes into account humidity and temperature.

Snow is being made toward the top of the mountain that can later be moved down the mountain, according to Collins.

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, all Ogden area resorts inch closer to opening day.

As of Thursday afternoon, two of the three local ski areas have announced their opening dates. Snowbasin is slated to open on Nov. 21, and Nordic Valley’s target opening date is Dec. 7, according to their websites.

Powder Mountain, famous for relying on natural snow and abstaining from making their own, has yet to set an opening date for the 2018-2019 season.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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