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      Ski hill closed for the season

      Marquette Mountain is closed for the season. Sunday was the final day for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes.

      Marquette Mountain officials said the 2012-2013 season started out slow, but once February hit, snow started to fall, and the season was in full swing.

      They also said this season was better than last year's because the mountain was able to stay open three extra weeks.

      Many of the skiers and boarders on the mountain Sunday said they had to get in that last run before it was time to hang up their gear.

      "I came back for the skiing. It was great! I wanted to go skiing in Colorado, but couldn't make it, and thought the best time of the year is right here in Marquette, and here I am enjoying the great skiing of Marquette Mountain," said Paul Seymour, snowboarder.

      Some of the big events this year at Marquette Mountain were the Slush Cup where skiers and boarders had to make their way across a puddle of cold water. The Cardboard Classic was also a big hit where Boy and Girl Scouts hopped in their crafty sleds and raced down the mountain. Another highlight of the season was the snowmobile drag races.

      Next year, Marquette Mountain will offer new terrain park features. They will also offer a new developmental program for kids. The program will teach kids how to ski and board and let them move on to different levels based on their skills.

      Marquette Mountain will reopen the Friday after Thanksgiving.