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On Sunday, ski resorts in Colorado and Nevada are set to have the first ever snow machines.
The machines are being installed at all of the resorts that have been granted permission to use them.
The new machines are designed to provide more vertical snowfall and help with the elevation gain needed to lift the ski area above the ground and down slopes, said Tom Gullick, director of operations at the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Association.
The first snow machines are expected to be installed by early fall.
Gullick said the machines can also be used for the first time on trails in areas with snow.
He said the equipment will allow ski areas to gain more traction and allow them to lift and descend with more control.
The new snow machines have been approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation, but will require a special permit.
The department said in a news release that it was working with the Colorado Avalanche and Snowmobiling Association to ensure the machines were properly installed.
The agency said it is not yet clear when the first machines will be installed.
Gulick said it’s important for ski areas like these to be prepared for the season ahead.
The snow will be heavy and the ski resorts will need to prepare for it, he said.
Gollick said ski areas can use the machines in areas where it’s safe to do so.
There will be a “few” restrictions, including that they can’t be used on a designated snow bank, he told ABC News.
But Gullik said in general, the equipment is “not designed for recreational use.”
He said the devices have been used to lift up slopes on snowmachines in other states, but the ski areas have not been allowed to use it in their home states.
The ski area owners are “still in the process” of finding a location to use the equipment, he added.