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Granite Peak skiers say goodbye to winter

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - Sunday's warm weather signaled that it's almost time to say goodbye to a popular winter sport in north central Wisconsin.

This was the second to last weekend of the season at Granite Peak.

Many skiers and snowboarders were looking to squeeze their last runs in Sunday, and they had a beautiful day to do it.

"You can jump out there in a sweatshirt and not worry about bundling up," said John Rudeen of Rothschild. "[Wear a] ball cap instead of the full headgear. It's awesome. It's really nice. You go out on the deck and you feel like it's spring yet you're skiing."

For Rudeen, this weekend was a cherry on top of what he says was an excellent season.

"We've totally enjoyed this experience," he said. "It's gotten us out here a lot. It's a fun thing so why not?"

He says it's an activity that's brought his family closer together this winter.

"We laugh, we get great exercise, we spend the day, then go home to have a nice dinner and talk about all the fun stuff that happened," Rudeen said.

For others, bonding over the slopes is a newer experience.

Sunday was Curt Goetz and his daughters' first time at Granite Peak.

"With the cold winter that we had, I wanted to make it enjoyable for the kids since they're new at it," Goetz said. "I thought we'd take advantage of the warmer weather and come on out."

Skiers described how perfect this weekend was.

"Gorgeous, blue bird day. Great skiing. It's probably the best around," said John Grogan of Napiersville, Ill.

With more of the same in the forecast, this was the goodbye to winter many skiers and snowboarders say they wanted.

If warm weather hurts snow conditions this week, Granite Peak employees say shutting down early is a possibility.

As of now, Granite Peak is scheduled to be open next weekend for one final time.
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