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Season soon to end at Paoli Peaks

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PAOLI, Ind. (WDRB) -- This has been one of the better winters for Paoli Peaks in Southern Indiana.

And the season isn't quite over just yet.

It may already be March, but the weather still feels like winter, especially on the snow-covered slopes of Paoli Peaks, about an hour's drive from downtown Louisville.

After a normally cold winter in this region, anywhere from four to 10 feet of snow remain on the trails at Paoli, according to Dave Kastan with the marketing and PR department.

So with plenty of snow still on the slopes, there's still time to have a little winter fun.

"I really like it, it is a real good day here, the jumps are good," says Irvin Halbert, a young snowboarder who was enjoying the winter-like day on Monday in Paoli.

The Purcell family was also out on the slopes enjoying the small crowds.

"My son is home from spring break this week, so we picked this week to come," says Barb Purcell.

Her son, Daniel, was enjoying the day. "I love the thrill here, it's fun, I even love the cold," he says.

Kastan says the season is coming to a close.

"We've got the rest of the week," Kastan says, "and if conditions permit we are shooting for St. Patrick's Day weekend but this will be our last full week of the season."

Management at Paoli is more than pleased with how this season has gone and the turnout from the public, especially after last year's warm winter when the season was much shorter than usual.

"Compared to a normal season, we are having a fantastic season," says Kastan. "Compared to a last season -- we are having an epic season."

This year could be one of the best ever.

"This is definitely in the top 10," says Kastan, "if not in the top five seasons we have had since we opened in 1978."

This year got off to a strong start with Paoli Peaks opening just before Christmas and now still open in the beginning of March, something that doesn't happen all that often.

But even Kastan admits people are beginning to think spring.

"When we get to this time of year," he says, "people's thoughts shift to the golf course and the sunny shores of Florida rather than the slopes of Paoli Peaks."

During the past 10 years, Paoli Peaks has averaged between 80,000 to 90,000 visitors each year.

During this final week, rates have also been reduced.

For example, a lift and rental pass is normally $70; this week it's $40.

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