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Outdoor recreational areas gear up for holidays



People are braving the outdoors, despite the low temperatures.

Snowboarder Nevin Andrews said he couldn't wait to hit the slopes.

"I can't help it," said Andrews. "I have to come out and ride. [The cold] won't stop me. It could be 40 below and I'm still coming out to ride."

At Granite Peak Ski Area overall visitor numbers are down, but Snow Sports Education Director Chris Pingle said they expect higher attendance with the upcoming holidays.

"If [the cold] would persist for the next month, it might be a little a scary for all the people from Chicago heading up," said Pingle. "We'll keep open and I'm sure we'll still have record numbers this holiday."

Pingle said during the holidays the ski area can have up to 5,000 visitors in one day.

For more information on Granite Peak visit their website.


Sylvan Tubing Hill in Wausau has plans to open on Friday. Marathon County Parks and Recreation Superintendent Karyn Powers said the low temperatures have actually helped make snow for the hill.

"Ideal snow making temperatures are below 20 degrees, maybe a little bit lower," said Powers. "We're working really hard with it and taking advantage of the cold temperatures to make as much snow as we can."

You can learn more about Sylvan Hill on the City of Wausau website. 


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