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GALENA, Illinois - In a rare move, Chestnut Mountain Resort closed its ski hill on Thursday.
A flag whipping in the winter wind was the only thing moving on Chestnut Mountain. The chair lifts sat still. Ski boots stayed stacked on the shelf.
"We do want to be careful about inviting people out to a cold weather sport when they're being advised not to be out in the cold," Mike Murphy, Chestnut Mountain Resort Manager, said.
The cold hadn't closed Chestnut Mountain in several years. However, Thursday was the second time this season managers made the call to close.
"There's a lot of people who do stay home because of the cold. And it does cost a lot to operate the ski area for very few people, " Murphy said.
A disappointed group of skiers from Peoria, Ill. traveled three hours to hit the slopes Thursday.
"It's a bummer, but that's mother nature," Dawn Tanner, skier, said.
But it's not all a loss, Chestnut is a resort after all.
"All our lodge guests are enjoying the swimming pool today and enjoying our game room and our restaurants. And they're playing games around the fireplace," Murphy said.
And while it's seems a little uncharacteristic for Murphy to wish away the cold, he is hoping for warmer days ahead.