DENVER (CBS4)– Snowmaking is underway to try to get the Ruby Hill Rail Yard open by this weekend.

The rail yard is getting ready for its 8th season which brings skiing and snowboarding to urban Denver free of charge.

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As long as it’s cold enough for snowmaking, volunteers from Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort will work to get the park open for this weekend so boarders and skiers can enjoy the snow.

The Ruby Hill Rail Yard features six to eight rails of varying configurations and skill level. If the weather cooperates, the rail yard will be open for approximately six to eight weeks.

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“This is a one-of-a-kind program for our residents and visitors,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “For many of our younger residents, this gives them their first exposure to mountain sports in a more familiar setting, encouraging them to have fun, learn new skills and stay active.”

Christy Sports is once again the equipment sponsor, providing free ski and snowboard equipment for use while at Ruby Hill. Volunteers will staff the equipment area to ensure proper fitting and adjustments. Youth, ages 8-17, will need to have a parent present to sign a release form before snowboards and/or skis will be loaned out.

The Christy Sports on-site facility will be open on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Ruby Hill Park is located off of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue. The park is open every day from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and lights will be on at the rail yard until 9:00 p.m.