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Warm weather brings large crowds to ski areas

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - Skiers and snowboarders filled the slopes at Granite Peak this weekend. The slopes are much more crowded compared to the empty trails earlier in the week. The ski area was closed from frigid weather.

"We did close Monday and Tuesday for the safety of our guests and employees," said Brandon Marquardt, the lift operations manager.

But now, they're back in business, and managers say it's one of the busiest weekends they've had.

"This weekend we actually had about 2,200 guests for our family weekend Saturday and also have a decent crowd for Sunday," said Marquardt.

He says the warmer weather is bringing people to the mountain.

"It's always good to see good weather on the weekends and we're thankful this weekend did turn out to be a lot nicer with warmer temperatures," he said.

Granite Peak isn't the only area that's been affected by the warm weather. Nine Mile Ski Area was too.

"I would say that the mood is close to ecstatic," said Bill Miller, an attendant at Nine Mile.

Below zero temperatures also closed down the ski area two days last week. But now its seeing large crowds.

"There were probably in excess of about 400 people for the race then in addition we had 200 more people who came to ski," said Miller.

Workers say they think it's from people staying in last week because of the weather.

"It's almost as if they have cabin fever,” said Miller. “This is the first time in a long time that people can get out and enjoy themselves."

 Managers at Granite Peak also say this is the first weekend all 75 runs were opened.

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