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NC ski slopes to open historically early on Halloween

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A skier leaps off a lift to begin his run at a North Carolina resort. (Feb. 10, 2012/FOX Carolina) A skier leaps off a lift to begin his run at a North Carolina resort. (Feb. 10, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Thanks to snow dumped on the mountains by Superstorm Sandy, two popular ski resorts in western North Carolina will open historically early on Halloween.

Both Catalooche Ski Area and Sugar Mountain Resort reported Tuesday that they will open Wednesday morning.

Snow along with cold temperatures moved into the mountains Monday night. The National Weather Service reported that some locations in the highest elevations received as much as two feet of snow by Tuesday evening.

A statement on Catalooche's website said machines at the resort have been making snow since early Monday. It's only the second time in the resort's history that the slopes will open on Halloween.

According to Sugar Mountain's website, the snow machines have been chugging away since Sunday evening. Wednesday will be the earliest it has ever opened the slopes in its 43-year history. Previously, the earliest opening day was Nov. 5, 1976.

The snow is forecast to end by Wednesday morning, but cold temperatures should allow for snow making for the remainder of the week.

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