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Start of spring weather marks the end of some winter activities


Snowmobile trail conditions in Marathon County have quickly deteriorated. Riders said warm weather and rain have taken a toll.

"When that sun came out Thursday, it definitely diminished quickly," said Rib Riders Snowmobile Club President, Randy Butalla.

That's why Marathon County officials closed the trails Saturday morning.

But while they were open, snowmobilers said they were the best they've seen in years.

"I really expected that we'd have about a 3 week season, I believe everyone you'd talk to would've never guessed it would've gone this long," said Butalla.

Butalla said this season, the club doubled in size, thanks to great trail conditions.

He said all the snow that fell this year kept groomers busy.

"Total grooming hours, I believe were around 400 hours we spent on these trails this year, grooming, just grooming and it showed," said Butalla.

At Granite Peak, ski season will end in about a week. The weather is slowly melting some of the snow.

"Some of these little patches you see around here, we have so much snow up there that we can actually push and make the snow perfect again," said Granite Peak General Manager, Vicki Baumann.

But managers there said this is usually prime time for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes.

"The weather gets warmer and stays light out longer and people really look forward to skiing this time of year," said Baumann.

Employees estimate this season, they've seen about 100,000 people on the ski hill.

"It snowed everywhere this year in the midwest, so when people see the snow in their back yard, they come out and ski," said Baumann.

People who've enjoyed it this year, said they hope the trend will continue next winter.

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