The cold weather is a blessing for some areas of East Tennessee.

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The cold weather is a blessing for some areas of East Tennessee.

Ober Gatlinburg has started the snow making process for their slopes in the Smoky Mountains. It's something they wish to do, but cannot always get to in mid-November.

In the past two years they have had to delay their season because the weather did not cooperate. Last year, Ober Gatlinburg had to begin making snow two weeks later than their target. Two years ago, they couldn't open the slopes until the end of January. But this year, they are on the right track.

"I'm always looking forward to a great year. We are like farmers. We have to be optimistic that the season is going to produce exactly what we need," said John Cossaboom with Ober Gatlinburg.

There is already a base of snow ready to go near the slopes. It is called snow magic and comes from crushed ice. Ober's snow magic machines turn 50,000 pounds of ice per day into a snow substitute. But since the weather is cooperating, they can leave the rest to the snow maker.

"We make snow whenever and however possible. So snow making will continue right through the winter season ending sometime in March," said Cossaboom.

Cold weather is a good sign for winter tourism as thousands of people got out in the cold to kick off Sevierville's Winterfest Tuesday night.

Sevierville mayor Bryan Atchley said this time of year is a big boost for a number of the city's businesses.

"I think it builds community spirit and in this day and time when the economy had been tough, it builds a faith in the city and a community in good will," said Atchley.

Ober Gatlinburg hopes to open its snow tubing park on November 23rd. They hope to open the rest of slopes in early December.

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