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RIB MOUNTAIN – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has partnered with the Marathon County Highway Department and Granite Peak Ski Hill to give motorists a heads up when snowmaking operations at Granite Peak might impact area roads, including creating the potential for icy conditions. 

When unfavorable weather conditions exist during snowmaking, WisDOT will activate a message stating “Snowmaking operations ongoing. Icy conditions possible ‘X’ miles ahead” on signs at: 

·         Highway 29 eastbound  

·         Highway 51 southbound 

·         Highway 29 westbound 

·         Interstate-39/Highway 51 northbound 

“The coordination with WisDOT has been fluid and simple,” said Greg Fisher, general manager and marketing director at Granite Peak, in a news realease. “Working with the team to alert the local and thru traffic in the region of Granite Peak’s snowmaking program via the electronic message boards is a practice I hope will continue for years to come.”