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Sundown Mountain opens, GM hopes for better, colder ski season


Winter officially starts in about three weeks, but for many, the start of December is when freezing temperatures and falling snowflakes are supposed to begin in Iowa.

Some folks who depend on the snow for profit are a bit concerned of a repeat of last year's mild winter.

Mark Dietz is one of them.

Dietz is the General Manager for Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque.

"Last year was tough," he said. "Some years are tougher than others."

Sundown Mountain opened over the weekend. Dietz said crews pumped more than 10-million gallons of water to create the snow for the opening weekend. In previous years, the average has been closer to 6-million gallons of water, he said.

On Saturday, the slopes had more than a foot of snow, in some places, it was as deep as four feet.

"The colder the better for us," Dietz said.

Lydia Kunkel and Jenna Coates, both from Dubuque, didn't mind Saturday's warm weather.

"We're taking a lesson to learn how to snowboard," Coates said.

"Everyone snowboards, so I'm excited to learn," Kunkel said.

Dietz said his main priority is making sure people are having fun.

"That's what it's about," he said.

But he said he hopes this year is more profitable than last.

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