Hidden Valley closing, signaling unofficial end to winter

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WILDWOOD, MO (KTVI) - The unofficial end of winter is coming to Wildwood this weekend, as the Hidden Valley Ski Resort closes up shop for the season.

“It's slushy but it's better than no snow at all,” says Drew Ellison, a senior at Lindbergh High School.

At Hidden Valley, the four-foot snow base is melting away.

“You know, we got a pretty good snow base but with the temperatures and the rain this week, it's starting to show,” says Bill Brandes, the general manager at Hidden Valley.

Winter sports enthusiasts began showing up throughout the day to get in the last runs of the season.

“It's what I love to do and during the winter I come out here every day,” says Ellison. “It's just a blast to do. I absolutely love it. Everything else in your life goes away and it's calming and peaceful and very stress-relieving.”

“It's the most convenient ski area I've ever experienced in my life and I've skied on the West Coast, and Colorado and Europe,” says Greg Rinehart, Ski Patrol and Ski Instructor. “You know most places you have to travel at least an hour.”

A wet end to 2015 and area flooding forced a later opening for Hidden Valley on January 10. For the past 34 years, the St. Louis region's ski resort has had an average 52 days each winter of consistent skiing conditions. But Mother Nature had other plans this year.

“You know, this snow isn't the quality I'd like to see, but it's spring skiing and spring temperatures,” says Brandes. “This is what you get. There will be some of the old faithful out (Saturday) morning waiting to get in.”

And if Mother Nature will cooperate, they'll have Sunday as well to ski, snowboard, and sled one last day this spring.

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