WAUSAU - Heavy snowfall may make for bad road conditions, but it makes for great ski slopes.
Granite Peak Ski Area in Rib Mountain hasn't needed to make artificial snow since December 31.
"That is the fastest we've ever stopped making snow. We got our good base going right off the gate. We got a 60 inch base about right now. So that also made us open early," said Director of Marketing Lisa Zilinsky.
Zilinsky says the fresh snow is great for skiers and snowboarders.
"It's fluffier, it gives a good base all around. You can see people falling already which gives a good landing for people. It's just an overall better experience when it's coming down while you're on the hill," said Zilinsky.
Zilinsky says there's generally an increase in lift ticket sales after bigger snowfalls.
The added snow helps grow the base which usually allows for a longer ski season.