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Paoli Peaks hoping for better season, colder temps

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PAOLI, IN (WDRB) -- Drenched in irony was the fact that Mary Jo Robinson was wearing t-shirt hanging decorations outside her business three weeks before Christmas.

"It is awesome. And I hear we're supposed to have a little bit more of this. I've never put up decorations when it's 70 degrees out," said Robinson, a Paoli resident.

If you had told her weeks ago that she'd be working outside without a coat on in December, she wouldn't have believed it. Neither would the workers at Paoli Peaks, the town's only ski resort, set to open a week from Saturday.

Right now it's too warm to make snow.

"Certainly not exactly what you would the first month of December - we'd rather have it now than in a couple of weeks," said David Kastan, the ski resort's marketing manager.

Kastan is hoping Mother Nature will soon cast away this spring retreat. He doesn't want a repeat of last year's mild winter that hurt business.

"It was disappointing that we couldn't be open during the holiday week last season but the rest of the year was par," he said.

The ski resort has already hired 400 seasonal employees, who started training this week, hoping for the cold weather to return. Despite this warm December afternoon, David isn't sweating it.

"No just yet. Next Monday if we have this then I'll be concerned but it only takes us 24 hours of really cold temperatures to get full snow coverage out here," Kastan said.

Mary Jo Robinson is sweating it either, she says when the ski business peaks, so does hers.

"As long as it's good for the Peaks, that makes us all happy," she said.

Paoli Peaks is tentatively scheduled to open on December 15th, weather permitting. Kastan says he checks websites like and others frequently to get the latest forecasts.

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