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Sundown Mountain Ski Resort opens one of its earliest seasons

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – While many people may be tempted to stay cooped up in their homes, the staff at Sundown Mountain Ski Resort are embracing this year’s early snow.

The resort opened its slopes to the public this weekend. It is one of the earliest opening dates in its history.

General Manager, Mark Gordon, said that his staff have been gearing up for their busy season.

“Usually in the early season we just try to open up what we can and that’s where we are now. And I hope in our next cold snap that we can open the rest of the mountain,” said Gordon. “I just have to wait for Mother Nature on that one though.”

That means their employees have been busy transforming the area into a winter wonderland for both skiers and snowboarders alike.

“It’s great, The snow is great and I’ve been hitting a lot of jumps,” said Brayden Wickham, a young guest.

And while some people may complain about the snow’s early arrival, Gordon said that sometime’s you just have to embrace it.

“Human beings weren’t meant to hibernate. And you know, winter can be boring in Dubuque, it just can. There’s a few things you can do But,” said Gordon. “And you can see, these people are engaged. They got up early, they got the kids, gloves, mittens, hats, poles, all of that. And they’re outside here enjoying life, outside in Iowa in the winter.”

If the weather holds out, the resort plans to remain open until March. Gordon said that guests who want to get out of the snow are welcome to cozy up with live music in their North Lodge.

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Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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