Sundown Mountain Making Snow Earlier Than Past Years

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Sundown Mountain in Dubuque is taking advantage of the cool weather to make snow for the ski season.

It's tentative opening day was November 29th. But that could move up now that they're making snow.

Directors started making snow on Monday afternoon. They have made snow this early in the past, but because of the consistently low temperatures, they've been able to make more than in the past. 6 to 10 foot piles of snow now sit along the hillside.

Sundown also has new snow making technology. That allows crews to turn the machines on using their cell phones. So when the temperatures drop, they start the machines from wherever they are.

Sundown Marketing Director, Stephanie Grutz said, "You know you live in Iowa. You have to expect the colder temperatures, So we say "why hibernate?" Come out and ski and enjoy winter outside. "

Grutz says there is a chance Sundown could open for skiers and snowboarders before Black Friday. But she says that will depend strictly on the weather.
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