Warm Weather Means Ski Season Winding Down

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7 oaks stillBOONE,Iowa – Climbing temperatures in Iowa mean the ski season will soon come to an end.  However, the warm weather offered some ideal conditions this weekend at Seven Oaks Recreation Area near Boone.

On Saturday, about 500 skiers were on the slopes and tubing hills.

“It’s cold enough to keep snowboarding, but nice enough you don’t need a coat or sweatshirt, barely even gloves,” said Edward Vasquez of Windsor Heights.  He was spending the day teaching his daughter to snowboard.

“Springtime skiing is awesome,” said Seven Oaks General Manager Joel Bryan. “You get the sun, we’ve still got plenty of snow out here, a lot of smiles, it’s the best of both worlds.”

While many are hearing forecasts of the mercury going into the 60s maybe even 70, that means Seven Oaks may not be open for skiing much longer.

“It’s been a long season,” said Bryan. “We’ve skied 16 weeks, which is a really long season, it’s been a great season.”

The weather could be bringing this season to a close.

“Spring’s going to come there’s not a lot we can do about it,” said Bryan.  He said the crews have prepared for the warm weather by making sure there is a lot of snow there now. They will have to see how warm it gets before deciding on being open next weekend.

The ski season started in November, with some bitter cold temperatures, and even last week had some single digit temps. Bryan said the really cold weather makes it hard to maintain quality snow. He and crews at Seven Oaks spend about four to six hours to make sure the trails are groomed properly.

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