WALHALLA, N.D.-The Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area is almost ready for winter.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, the recreation area got six of the eight towers needed for their chairlift, costing "north of $1 million," general manager Scott Rao said. Frost Fire used a helicopter from a third-party contractor to set the towers. All six towers were set in less than an hour, Rao said. Each tower is approximately 50 feet tall.

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The chairlift will be fully functional next Friday, Oct. 19.

"This is such a thrill for this community," Rao said. "The next generation will be able to get out and enjoy the winter weather with this chairlift."

The chairlift will take skiers, snowboarders and their equipment up the slope during the winter and take bikes up during the summer months.

Rao said they are waiting on Mother Nature to open for the season. Those wishing to visit should call ahead or check the website at www.frostfireskiarea.com to see if the ski and snowboard area is open.