Ober Gatlinburg closing ski slopes temporarily

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Ober Gatlinburg is temporarily closing
its ski slopes during a normally busy time because of rain and warm
temperatures.
Officials at the Smoky Mountain resort town say it's costing
them $100,000 a day in lost revenue.
The slopes closed Friday night but could be operating again
Wednesday when a cold front is forecast.
But that would still mean lost business during the usually brisk
New Year's holiday.
Workers at the resort have been unable to shovel man-made snow
onto the mountain fast enough.
Rain and warm temperatures made the powder disappear almost as
soon as it was made.


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