Little Switzerland makes snow in preparation for re-opening

CREATED Nov 14, 2012

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SLINGER - A classic Wisconsin ski hill is re-opening its doors after five years of closure, but it can't until it has enough snow on the ground for skiers.

Little Switzerland has been busy making the artifical version of the white stuff to try and get its runs ready in time for Thanksgiving weekend.

"We're making a little bit of snow.  Temperatures are a little bit warmer than what we'd like right now," Rick Schmitz, co-owner of Little Switzerland, told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

"We'll make snow at any opportunity we can get in November.  We try to open as early as we can.  We really want to focus on getting a good open and an early start.  Everyone knows in Wisconsin, when the temps are there, you've got to take the opportunity and make snow."

He said that the facility has a plan to open its doors on Nov. 23, "the day after Thanksgiving, but that all depends on weather."

He says the re-opening of the hill has been a labor of love for his family, which owns the hill.

"Everyone has worked so hard this summer, my brothers and are, all of our staff, to get this place back.  It's been closed for five years.  It's been a complete renovation from top to bottom."