PORTAGE (WKOW)-- Local ski hills are bouncing back from a rough few days during the extreme cold we saw this week. At Cascade Mountain they were forced to close all day on Monday and Tuesday and part of Wednesday to protect their customers and employees.
Tyrol Basin was also forced to close their doors. Both hills were open for customers Saturday and saw impressive numbers.
"It's amazing. I'm so excited to come back," skier Emily Decoster says.
Emily was born with Spina Bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. She never imagined someone with her condition would be able to go skiing until she saw it on a TV show.
"It was kind of amazing when I first saw that show and I was like dang, they can do that? What? I wanna do that. When I found out I could do it I was like that's awesome," Decoster says.
Thanks to the support of Adaptive Adventures, a group that helps disabled youth and adults learn to ski, Emily was able to get in a few runs at Cascade Mountain. She wasn't alone. The slopes were filled with skiers including several blind skiers who were marked in fluorescent orange vests and go down hill with a guide who shouts out directions. Organizers of the group say they travel across the state and visit several ski hills each year.
Skiers and boarders say the conditions at area skill hills couldn't be much better. Between the warm temps and the great snow base it was the perfect day to go for a ride.
"Yeah it was my first time this season being out here so I've been waiting awhile," snowboarder Connor Weddle says.
Ski managers are hoping the warm weather will make up for the loss of three peak days this week. Despite the hardship they're still on track for a great season after their best start since opening 52 years ago.
"This is a great thing after the record cold temperatures we've had," Cascade Mountain VP of Marketing Randy Axelson says.
Worker say the weather will only continue to improve as things warm up Sunday and start to thaw out creating perfect conditions for skiers of all abilities to come and enjoy the ride.
"It's one of my favorite activities is skiing," Decoster says.
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