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Some enjoying more winter weather, others ready for spring

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) -

It seems like winter just doesn't want to go away. Central Wisconsin saw a little bit of snow Friday night into Saturday morning.

That new snow has some people rooting on spring, while others are cherishing winter for as long as they can.

Just a few weeks ago tubers enjoyed Sylvan Hill, cross-country skiers headed out to Nine-Mile Forest, and snowmobilers whipped around trails across Marathon County.

But now, it's a much different story. So, with winter winding down, what's left to enjoy? Managers at Granite Peak say their season is still in full swing.

"Winter doesn't want to leave, which is incredible," said Granite Peak General Manager Vicki Baumann.

Granite Peak officials say they've made more snow this year than ever before. They say the number of skiers and snowboarders is up as well.

"This time of year, people are waiting for the snow to melt, but we have those people who don't want the snow to leave," Baumann told Newsline 9.

Skiers Newsline 9 spoke with say they're enjoying the longer winter.

"I think it should stay longer," said David Stine of Mosinee.

"I'm kind of enjoying the winter," Josh Smiley of Rosholt told Newsline 9.

Last year, the ski hill closed three weeks early. But this year, managers say the season is actually extended.

While skiers up at Granite Peak love all the extra snow, owners at Rib Mountain Golf Course are hoping it will all just go away, so that they can begin their season.

"It's too long. I love winter, but not in March and April," said Rib Mountain Golf Course owner Mike Oliva.

Owners say they hope to open here in the next few weeks.

"This might be one of the latest ones," Oliva said.

So whether it's enjoying the last few days of winter-like weather, or hoping spring temperatures would hurry up, one thing is for sure—you never know what you'll get from Mother Nature in Wisconsin.

Granite peak will be open Sunday, but will close during the week. It will re-open on Saturday for the final day of the season.

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