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Ski conditions best in years


Recent snow has given the green light to many outdoor activities. It seems the weather has really cooperated with those who rely on the snow for business.

For decades Diane Albright and Joann Vanbergen have made the trip from St. Louis to Minocqua's Winter Park.

"We always find a way to get here," Vanbergen said.

While the pair is seasoned veterans on the trails, they say they've never seen better conditions.

"It's been amazing," Albright said. "We love to be in the woods and see the snow coming. We're able to do trails that we might not have had the courage to do."

In fact park leaders say a combination of snowfall and just right temperatures have boosted business above average.

"We have 300, 400, 500 skiers and snow tubers coming out here on the weekends and during the week," Assistant Operations Manager Tim Collins said.

The park offers cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating and snow tubing.

But, for Bill Kopanda it's all about his skis.

"It makes winter fun," Kopanda said as he put on his gloves.

Kopanda runs the trails at least once a week.

"We had enough snow to ski for a long time but it was very thin, sticks were sticking out," Kopanda said.

But now, "who would have thought, we have lots of snow now so it's wonderful."

And for park leaders, that's exactly what they want to hear.

"We pick up business on the trails and the tubing hills and then all that funnels over to the hotels, gas stations, restaurants, so it's really great for the whole community," Collins said.

Minocqua Winter Park hopes to stay open through most of March. Many skiers say that's a good sign because they're not ready for the season to end.

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