Initially opening on Dec. 14, the mountain missed last year's opening by only 4 days, but was forced to shut down on Dec. 18 due to uncooperative weather. "It wasn't necessarily late," said Bear Creek rep Mary Bortz, "but we didn't expect to have to close down for (almost a month)." There has been no natural snow, but when temps dropped on Monday evening the mountain revved up the snow guns and blew snow Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday and Thursday. After 40 hours of snow making, Bear Creek reports a base depth of up to 14 inches. Though rain is expected tomorrow, temperatures are scheduled to drop again early next week allowing the Bear Creek crew to continue making snow. "It has been a long time coming," said Bortz. "The next ten days look pretty good,"