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Nordic ski trails see over a foot of much needed new snow on Casper Mountain; Hogadon reports nine inches

(Hogadon Basin Ski Area, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Mountain received some much needed snow overnight Thursday and on Friday morning, improving ski and snowboarding conditions for outdoor enthusiasts.

Natrona County Parks & Recreation said at 1:37 p.m. Friday that the Nordic trails had received over a foot of new snow and that it was still snowing at the time of the update.

“Groomers are working their best to cover any exposed trail,” the update said.

Hogadon Basin Ski Area said Friday that its slopes had seen nine inches of new snow in the recent storm.

The new snow on Casper Mountain was a welcome sign for Nordic skiers as Natrona County Parks & Recreation had said just a day before that much more snow was needed to improve conditions at the trails.

Prior to the most recent storm, Natrona County Parks & Recreation said Thursday that it would typically have around eight feet of groomed snow at this time of year. However, prior to the storm on Thursday night and Friday, there were only 22 inches of groomed snowfall as of Thursday, putting the trails at about six feet below normal. Natrona County Parks & Recreation said Thursday that about four feet of snow is needed to get most of the Nordic trails open.

Hogadon is offering night skiing for the first time this winter and is offering free night skiing on Saturday to the first 20 people under the age of 18, thanks to the Zimmerman Family Foundation.