Cool weather allows Dubuque Ski Resort to 'let it snow'
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DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -
No need to wait for Mother Nature to dump snow -- Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque is now making their own.
Although it may seem early, officials say this isn't the earliest they have begun to make snow for the slopes. Officials say 4-7 feet of snow is already on the ground at Sundown Mountain Resort.
Tom Kutsche, Operations Director at Sundown Mountain Resort, said snow is made when water is taken from the Little Maquoketa River, just down a hill from Sundown Mountain, and is transported through a large pipe line that runs for miles under the hills.
Kutsche says 24 fan guns and 6 air guns are used in developing that snow.
"We are using a new gun that comes from Italy, and it's probably some of the most state-of-the art snow making equipment in the world today," Kutsche said. "It does an excellent job.
"We are in the process of automating our snow-making system so that the computers tell the snow gun when to add more water and when to take water away," he added. "It also adjusts the snow quality according to how we set it, and it makes snow making extremely efficient."
While warmer weather is expected this weekend, Kutsche says they may lose some snow, but that's to be expected.
"We would prefer it stay in the 30s, but you are going to have that this time of year," he said. "We will lose a little bit, but it wont be terrible. We will pick up again next week when it cools off again and build on the base and get things going just as soon as we can."
The tentative opening weekend for Sundown Mountain Resort is Thanksgiving weekend, weather permitting.
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