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Colder weather needed for area ski resorts

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The weather is getting colder outside, and that means area ski resorts are preparing for the season.

"We're looking at making snow as soon as tomorrow night, Saturday and also on Sunday," said Mark Gordon, Sundown Mountain Resort's general manager.

But that doesn't mean Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque will open just yet. Although the temperature here continues to drop, it's still not cold enough to open.

"To be able to put down a base of snow we need 28 degrees at least for a few days, because it takes us a while to be able to cover all the slopes," said Gordon.

Last year, because of warm temperatures the season was pushed back nearly one month. "We opened on December 20th last year, normally we like to open right after Thanksgiving," he added.

This year managers still can't say exactly when the winter fun and skiing will start, but they're hopeful it'll be soon. 

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