Mt. La Crosse begins snow production, hopes to open by end of November

With temperatures near freezing and snow earlier this week, the staff at Mount La Crosse are now starting their own snowmaking. Snow production started Wednesday night and was able to continue Thursday.

Even though it’s just by a couple of days, this is one of the earliest starts for snowmaking in a couple of years.

Last season, staff began covering the hillside with snow on Nov. 8. By the end of November, it had three of its nineteen slopes open for skiing.

“We’ve had several years where we couldn’t get open until December. And obviously, that’s tough because we have a short season as it is, and we try to capitalize on the winter when we can. So we’re really, really happy that winter is coming a little early,” said Darcie Breidel, general manager for Mt. La Crosse.

An exact opening date for this year has not yet been decided, but they could be open for business by the end of the month. They are hoping to open in a week or two, but it does depend on the weather.

Mt. La Crosse hopes to have between twenty and thirty inches of snow down on the ground before opening.

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