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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The skis, snowboards, and tubes are back on the slopes at Paoli Peaks. After a warm winter last year, it is already off to a better start this season.
Marie Tamboli and Lauren Bates drove the four-hour trip from Nashville, Tennessee to try out the snowcovered slopes of Paoli Peaks. Bate says, "I've been up here with my family a few times before. It's close to us, it's the closest ski place to us."
Their first task is to find a pair of boots and skis that will make them feel comfortable on the snow. Marie Tamboli, who was on skis for her first time, says, "I just never been skiing before, so my friend wanted to bring me up here to ski for the first time today, so I am pretty excited."
Paoli Peaks management is also excited to finally have a lot of snow on the ground. Dave Kastan of Paoli Peaks explains, "Last year we didn't get open until January sixth, which was extremely late and tied our latest opening that we've ever had. We were opened until March 4th, so our season was shortened."
This year Paoli Peaks opened two days before Christmas, just in time for the holiday vacation season -- a good time to attract visitors from out of town.
With temperatures below normal this past week and a natural snowfall of up to ten inches in southern Indiana, this season is off to a strong start, much needed after last year. Over a ten-year period, Paoli Peaks has averaged between 80 and 90 thousand visitors each year.
Kastan says, "I know after the first couple of days of being opened we were already at about 15,000 visitors, so we are on track to have a great season."
Starting today, all 15 trails are now open and with the help of the snowmaking machines, total base is now 36 inches -- plenty of snow to challenge the veterans as well as the newcomers.