LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Many people are appreciating the recent warm spells, but that means the season is over for some popular winter attractions.
Mt. La Crosse officially closed their slopes for skiers and snowboarders on Sunday. Mt. La Crosse General Manager Darcie Breidel, who has worked at the ski lodge for 22 years, said the slopes, which have been open since Thanksgiving, is the longest it's been open since 2008.
"It definitely feels weird to be closing," Breidel said. "Typically on closing day, there are puddles everywhere and bare spots on the hill. We're not seeing any of that today. It's really crazy to be shutting down today with this much snow."
The extended season has made Mt. La Crosse Ski Shop Clerk and regular snowboarder Dan Mueller very happy.
"I'm blown away that we're still open. It has been awesome," Mueller said. "This snow has been just great all year, and it was nice that we got started so early."
Despite the great season, Breidel said every season comes with a different challenge, especially with this season's record-cold temperatures.
"This was a first to me to have to make a decision to close down this year because of the cold," Breidel said.
The cold weather didn't stop regular skier and snowboarder Lilly Carr and her family from coming though.
Carr is involved in tennis, gymnastics, and track in addition to skiing and snowboarding. Carr said though she will miss the slopes during the spring and summer, because it's her favorite hobby.
"It's kind of sad because you can't go skiing for the rest of summer and then you have to wait for the rest of the season," Carr said.
Breidel said despite the favorable amount of snow still left on the ground, people are moving on.
"It's one of the things we love about this area here, this La Crosse area is that everyone like to just get out and do activities," Breidel said.
Before next season, Breidel said her staff will look at ways to improve the grounds, hills, and snowmaking. Mueller said he wants people to know that they don't know what they're missing.
"I'd definitely like to see more people out here all the time. I think the more people we get out here, the more fun everybody has," Mueller said.
Mt. La Crosse doesn't officially shut down when the ski season ends, as Breidel said they've already booked graduation parties and wedding during the summer and fall.