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Ski hills survive recent warm streak


MOUNT HOREB (WKOW)-- Weather has definitely had an effect on Winter sports in our area. Many ice rinks and cross country trails are already closed, but when it comes to ski hills everything is surprisingly still open and ready to go.

At Tyrol Basin ski resort every single run is open to the public. This past week's rain wrecked havoc on their snow, but enough is still there to keep things open.

Managers say the snow base is still nearly 30 inches deep in some areas. Most of it is still left over from the one day blizzard we had in December. Over the last few days they lost several inches of snow, but that deep base from December was able to carry them through a bad week.

"We did have some liquid sunshine here the last couple days, but we're recuperating nicely from that. The cold weather is allowing us to make snow, resurface runs along with grooming," says General Manager Don McKay.

The season so far has been surprisingly better than last year. Every warm streak has been followed by cold enough days to keep the melting to a minimum.

Other winter sports aren't as lucky this season. The recent warm steak devastated local ice rinks and snowmobile trails. Many are closed for the time being.

Winter hobbyists are wondering if they'll be able to open them back up later this season.

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