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A warm front can't chase away Sundown's snow

Dubuque County (KWWL) -- Looks like more snow on the way, but at least for Thursday, drveways and backyards are still clear from our last meltdown, but there's still at least one place where the snow is always abundent. It just takes some creative snow preserving strategies.

Sundown Mountain and Ski Resort still has plenty of the white stuff. It's a towering mountain of snow, amidst the brown backdrop of melting snow elsewhere.

Of course they don't use magic snow, so some of it does melt under sunny skies. So we wondered, how do they do it?

Our first guess was adding more man-made snow, but that isn't an option because it takes cold temperatures to manufacture snow.

The solution lies in special equipment and a lot of expertise. Crews work hours, sometimes overnight, to move around and redistribute snow making sure skiers and snowboarders always have a good run.

Tom Kutsch has been working at Sundown for around 30 years, and he says it's not just the reactionary measures that save the snow, it's planning ahead by making a lot of extra snow when it is cold outside.

Sundown managers say there's still plenty of time to hit the slopes with at least a month to a month and a half left in ski season.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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