MANDAN, N.D. - It's Huff Hills ski area's 25th anniversary, but this years celebration is off to a slow start.
Empty chairlifts and dry grass are not a typical site at Huff Hills in mid-December.
"The phones have been ringing, and people want to come out, we want to be open, we'll do it as soon as we can," said Lift manager Lucas Speidel.
Mother nature hasn't been cooperating, some areas are 5 feet deep while others are only 3 inches.
"It's a late start this year, usually we try to be open in December and we just only had three days to make snow," said Speidel.
Warmer temperatures and lack of snowfall has been a challenge here at Huff Hills, they've been having to make snow overnight with these snow blowers but only when temperatures get at or below 20 degrees.
"Temperatures this season have definitely been quite a bit warmer and a lot of it is because of this upper level ridge over the western portion of the United States, that's really been in place for the past couple of weeks," said Meteorologist Curt Olson.
Preparations are still underway. Speidel and the team have remained optimistic.
"Whatever hours, it's could enough. We'll be here night and day to make it happen," said Speidel.
Speidel says they hope to be open by Christmas break, but it all depends on the weather.
The season remains open until March.
For updates on the ski area go to huffhills.com.