Indiana ski resort closes slopes amid warm spell

A southern Indiana ski resort has temporarily closed its slopes amid unseasonably warm weather that’s melting its artificial snowpack.

Paoli Peaks said Wednesday in a tweet that it was closing its slopes and tubing park beginning Thursday until cold air returns and “we have the opportunity to make additional snow.”

The resort is located in the town of Paoli, which is about 100 miles south of Indianapolis. The local temperature late Thursday morning was 60 degrees Fahrenheit, amid the region’s early winter warm spell.

Paoli Peaks has long used machines to mix water and compressed air to make artificial snow to supplement natural snowfall. But the temperature must be 30 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for the process to work.

Paoli Peaks typically offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing each year from mid-December to mid-March.

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