WAUSAU (WAOW)--Time to start counting the days away until the start of ski season. Thanks to the early snow and cold temperatures, Granite Peak hopes to kick off its ski season next Saturday.
Last year the ski area set a single day visitor record and ski officials expect a strong season again this year.
Vicki Baumann, operations manager for Granite Peak, tells Newsline 9 customers have been calling in early, ordering lift tickets.
"We watch the weather forecast pretty closely," said Baumann. "We like what we hear. "We hear a lot of consistent stories that we are going to get a lot of snow. We'll take it."
Darien Schaefer works for the Wausau Convention and Visitors Bureau. He says Granite Peak brings in more than 100,000 visitors to the Wausau area. Those visitors come from all across the Midwest.
"When we look at the economic impact numbers the Department of Tourism for Wisconsin provides," says Schaefer, " winter is a stronger season for us, that any other county in the state of Wisconsin."
It's the draw of snow that leads to other dollars being spent, in our area, at shops, restaurants, and hotels.
"We are truly a ski town and we are turning a lot of heads," said Baumann. "I think it is really important we have a good season, because it's good for everybody."With three inches already on the ground, it's off to a great start.
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Areas of rain tonight possibly mixing with sleet and snow north and west. Wintry mix ending Thursday but very cool.
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