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Mt. La Crosse hopes to reopen Monday, after rainy weekend

Drew Kelly

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Warm temps and rain forced Mt. La Crosse to close over the weekend. The ski hill hopes to be open again Monday morning, however.

Mt. La Crosse general manager Darcie Breidel said it’s tough making snow at this point.

“The best conditions are 15 degrees and below,” Breidel said. “Around 20 we start to get ready but colder than that is what we need, and dry.”

The precipitation has been more of a problem, with Breidel saying their numbers are great with the temperatures.

“The trails we have open are some of our longest trails for beginner and intermediate level,” Breidel said. “Our advanced and steep ones are harder to snow and take a little bit longer.”

Breidel reminds users that the season is a long one and patience is key.

“A year ago we were closed due to rain, and not even two weeks later we were closed due to bitter temperatures,” Breidel said. “We just have to ride this warm spell out.”

Breidel says they hope to open again this afternoon. About half of the trails are currently usable.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.