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With snow machine working OT, Mt. La Crosse set to open Friday, through weekend

Rick Solem

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Mt. La Crosse is scheduled to open Friday and through the weekend.

With no actual snow, the snow machines have been working overtime. The mountain will open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Typically, the ski hill opens around the end of November.

Of course, there’s a pandemic, so a couple of changes.

The general idea is to try to do everything outdoors and keep socially distant from people outside who you arrived with. From standing in line for tickets to waiting to get on the ski lifts, they want everyone six feet apart.

Prepare to ski/snowboard outside. Warm up in your vehicle. No tailgating.

At this point, the chalet will not serve food or drinks, but vending machines will be available.

People can still use the bathrooms and come in to briefly warm up. The only doors being used will be on the south side of the building — facing the hill.

Tickets will be purchased only at the outdoor windows, while the only shop doors will be from the parking lot.

Cost for opening weekend is $35 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and $30 for noon – 4 p.m.

There is no beginner terrain. The Midway run is ready to go with the hope that half the runs are ready by next weekend.

No pass cards are accepted for opening weekend, either.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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