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Winter activities winding down as temperatures rise

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Groomers have been busy this winter, keeping trails in shape at Nine Mile Forest. While they look good now, workers there said it's been an interesting season.

"We had some late snow and then we had the rain and then the warm temperatures and most of the snow melted," said Bill Miller.

Even with a mix of weird weather this winter, skiers said recent snow has helped.

"The trail conditions were as good as they get, it really was perfect, the grooming was ideal, the snow conditions are ideal as well," said Skier, Bob Alexejun.

At Sylvan Hill, tubing is still on schedule.

Managers said after all of the recent snowfall, they'll be able to stay open a little longer.

"Closing date last year was on the first weekend in March, so we gained two more weekends with the good snow cover that we got in February," said Recreation Superintendent, Karyn Powers.

They said that's brought in more visitors.

"We're up actually up about ten percent over last year's attendance and primarily that's in public tubing," said Powers.

While some of our favorite winter activities are starting to wind down, managers at Granite Peak said you still have some time.

"When we make snow, we prepare for the warmer temperatures, we stockpile it, we can push it out where needed, so we have enough snow to take us through April 7," said Granite Peak General Manager, Vicki Baumann.

They said compared to last year, they've seen more people on the ski hills.

"We're attracting a lot of people from outside the area, we're seeing a lot of vacationers here for extended stays," said Baumann.

As people head out to enjoy what's left of this snowy season.

Managers at Sylvan Hill and Nine Mile Forest said they plan to close on March 17. Granite Peak is scheduled to stay open through April 7.

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