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MOUNT SPOKANE, Wash. - We may already be two weeks into spring, but at the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, winter isn't over yet.

"I can't believe it's the beginning of April," Skier Erin Bancroft said. "There's really fresh snow in some parts."

As Mt. Spokane wrapped up its season this week, spring skiers and snowboarders rejoiced in a late storm system that brought in a fresh round of snow. At 5,000 feet up, the mountain was a powdery, blustery, wintry wonderland.

"I can't believe we got fresh snow," George Humphries said, Mt. Spokane Lift Operations Manager. "Five inches at the top and three inches at the bottom down here. I love it, I love snow from the beginning to the end."

Its a ski season that Mother Nature and Father Time seemed to get all backwards this year. This late dumping of snow comes on the heels of an unusually warm winter that left the little snow on the slopes.

"It was kind of scary for a while," Bancroft said. "We didn't know if we were going to have a season or not."

The hum-drum winter failed to draw the normal Christmas-time crowds during December, which is Mt. Spokane's bread and butter.

"I wish we could move the snow to next December or move it back to last December," McQuarrie said. "To lose most of December to low-snow was pretty tough."

While the late snow helped make up for those double-digit drops in visitors,

McQuerrie said it wasn't enough to extend the season at Mt. Spokane.

"You don't really see enough people to make it worth while," he said.

The last day to ski at Mt. Spokane is Saturday, April 7.

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