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Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque ready for colder temps

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Not everyone is groaning about the looming sub-freezing weather.

The Sundown Mountain Resort staff in Dubuque are chomping at the bit for that thermometer to hit 28 degrees.

That's when they start making snow -- and lots of it.

"We can have this place covered in four days in ideal conditions," said Mark Gordon, Sundown's general manager. "With the upcoming weather, we'll actually be able to open (on) the 22nd now, and we're really excited about that."

They were originally slated to open Nov. 28.

They'll fire up more than 150 machines to help coat the ski hills in snow.

Brian Freiburger, the mountain manager, said that most of the snow used ends up being man-made. They pull most of their water from a river nearby.

He also said the amount of snow they make on a daily and weekly basis changes from week to week, depending on the weather.

"We had a lot of cold temperatures last year, which meant we didn't have to make as much snow," he said. "That kept costs low."

Gordon says he's not the only one excited for the upcoming weather.

"Sales are looking real good right now," he said.

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