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Winter weather hangs on

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

It seems the winter weather just won't quit. That has leaders in Marathon County looking to extend the season for many outdoor activities. But, with another round of brutal temperatures some say it's just not worth it.

It's been a season for the record books.

"Plenty of snow for a change," said Marathon County Parks and Recreation Department Operations Superintendent Ken Krueger.

It's not over yet. That's why the Marathon County Parks and Recreation Department has decided to keep some outdoor fun open longer.

"On the public tubing we will see numbers almost like last year, just a little below," said Karyn Powers, recreation superintendent.

Slyvan Hill in Wausau usually closes March 1st. But this year, tubes will run for another two weeks.

"We're hoping people haven't put away their snow pants or ski jackets and they're ready to come out and do a little more winter play," said Powers.

At Granite Peak Ski Hill, skiers can hit the slopes until the first weekend in April. That's a little longer than usual.

"The temperatures were a little rough at the beginning but when we get the warmer days we are seeing a lot of traffic coming through," said Kelsey Beasland, office assistant.

At Nine Mile Forest almost 900 snowshoers and more than 8,000 cross-country skiers have visited there this winter. That's a good year. But, leaders say they were hoping for more.

"Without the cold I bet we would have had a record year attendance wise out there," said Krueger.

That's why right now, Nine Mile has no plans to extend the season.

"There comes a point where we're not getting enough money in over the counter to pay the help," said Krueger.

So while it seems winter plans on hanging on, there are ways to keep busy, at least for now.

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