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Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area has latest closing ever

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The Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area in Jones, Michigan made history on Sunday by opening up shop. This was the last day the Swiss Valley was open this season and marks the latest close ever.  

Prior to this day, the latest closing date was March 22 and that was in 2002. Marketing Director for the Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area Jamie Stafne says that not all people were upset by the winter weather. "Any winter enthusiast has got to be happy about what we've just experienced," she said. "Mother nature offered us a great ski season with the amount of snow that we've had." 

There were a number of regulars getting their last runs of the season in. Angela Wilson says her family has had season passes to Swiss Valley for years. Her husband used to be an instructor there. "It has been unbelievable and we've had a blast up here at Swiss Valley." 

"I'm in public accounting so my partners might wonder why I'm not in the office working today," regular skier at Swiss Valley Kurt Kruggel said.  Instead, he was out skiing which he does there multiple times a week. "It's been a wonderful season and it's been a great time," he said. 

General Manager Jim Wiseman explained that although you would think all the snow this winter has brought would be helpful, he says it actually hurt them. There were a number of days where they did not have anyone out because of travel restrictions or simply because it was just too cold. "You have to be careful what you ask for," Jim said. "You prayed for snow and we got it." 

Swiss Valley usually closes by the first or second weekend of March. In reality, Jamie says they could always stay open not but choose not to. "Here at Swiss Valley we always have snow towards the end of the year we just end up closing down because a lack of interest."

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