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Mid-April skiing in Minnesota possible, but check before you drive

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The ski and ride season in the Twin Cities is just about done. In addition to Hyland (which closed early for a remodeling project), Welch Village has said "we are now closed." Trollhaugen, Wild Mountain, and Afton Alps have all said that they may open again, depending on weather. Most likely, this would happen next weekend, but I doubt that will happen.

The five day forecast calls for high temperatures in the 50s and 60s, which will be brutal on the snow. It will, though, have an even stronger effect on the skiing and riding public, which for the most part has turned its attention to warmer-weather pursuits. After all, there are two important factors in keeping a ski resort open: snow, and customers. An insufficient amount of either will mean a closure is in sight.

If you still want to get your shred on, Giants Ridge and Lutsen are still good bets for next weekend, though be sure to check their websites before you load up the car. You may also get lucky with Spirit Mountain. Over in Wisconsin, Granite Peak may be open for another weekend.

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