With a storm on the horizon, Mt. Shasta Ski Park officials say they'll open as soon as there's enough snow.

Mother Nature’s snow making machine is slow to get started this season, but Mt. Shasta Ski Park is doing its best to fill in.

When conditions have been right, “We’ve been blowing snow,” Ski Park operations manager Jason Young said early this week. “We had an epic snow blowing night last week.”

The Ski Park failed to open only once in its 26 year history, in 1991, when the previous management decided the snow came too late for a profitable season. The current management says that is not going to happen this year.

“The Ski Park will open,” Young said. “We have no drop dead date when we don’t open. We will open when there is enough snow.”

Young said a storm is expected to come in this week, and the goal is to have some runs open by New Year’s day.

“We are aiming to have the Highland Glide and Silvertip runs open top to bottom from snowmaking alone,” Young said. “Depending on the storm, we hope to open by New Year’s.”

Young said daily updates on the Park’s status are available at www.skipark.com.

He said the New Year’s Eve party the Park is hosting will go on even if the skiing is not open. The Dec. 31 event includes a fireworks show, DJs spinning music, food and drink specials, fire dancers and, snow willing, a torch light parade.