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Mt. La Crosse ski season off to good start

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Mt. La Crosse is benefiting from recent cold temperatures.

"So far this year is going fantastic," said General Manager Darcie Breidel. "I mean, it's been several years of us wondering really where winter went. And we finally feel like it's back this year."

Breidel said it's been the strongest opening in a decade. Usually only a couple of runs are open by Christmas. This year, almost all are ready for skiers and snowboarders.

Sixth grader Ethan Roupe has been taking to the runs for weeks. He said he loves the adrenaline rush he gets on his snowboard.

That's why the 11-year-old has been paying attention to the weather.

"It puts snow on the trails," Roupe said.

"The last few seasons have been really tough for us," Breidel said. "When it's warm and we can't make snow, and people are anxious to get out here, it's made for really tough seasons. And especially for a three month business, if you lose one of the months, that's a big chunk of revenue."

Breidel is hoping not to worry about that this year. She's been able to keep the snow machines running for a week, non-stop.

The mountain has just three or four more runs left to open, she added. They're steep runs. So they require extra snow.

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