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Winter Olympics, warm weather means business for local ski resort

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As the Winter Olympics are only 6 days away and warmer weather has hit eastern Iowa, officials with Sundown Mountain Ski Resort in Dubuque say it's a busy time of year for them. Dave Wolf is a snowboard instructor at Sundown Mountain Resort.

"I think the Olympics has something to do with it. But you know when it's 10 below you don't get a crowd like you do when it's 10 above." Wolf said.

Snowboarding first debuted in the Winter Olympics 15 years ago, back in 1998.

"Back then it was pretty rare to see a snowboard out on the hill," Wolf said Friday. "Everybody kind of shunned them because they were just in the way, no one was used to them."

Wolf began snowboarding just 10 years ago. He said snowboards are now well accepted on the hills, especially with the younger generations. Derek Newgent made his way to Sundown Ski Resort from Southern Illinois Friday afternoon to take snowboard lessons. Newgent said he hadn't been on a snowboard in four years.

"My roommate is an instructor here," Newgent said. "He got me into the idea of snowboarding again."

Newgent said Friday afternoon that he was excited to watch the snowboarding competitions coming up in this years Winter Olympics.

"I'm really excited for this year competition it should be a really good one." Newgent said.

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