Snow Park at Alpine Hills closes for the season

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Rockford park District says Sunday was a sad day as it closed out its record breaking 2018 season for Snow Park at Alpine Hills.

The snow park says due to weather conditions this weekend was the final weekend of snowy fun and sledding. Alpine Hills says its snow will not be able to last past this weekend. Although the park had to close a few days this season because of windchill, this year was the best one yet since the park opened four years ago. Alpine Hills says nearly 5,000 visitors came through to take part in sledding, skiing, snowboarding and tubing down the six tubing lanes.

"Last season we had days in early February where we we're hitting 60 almost 70 degrees so that wasn't helpful, but this year it's been great. We've kept some good weather and because of those cold days we had with the windchill we were able to make a lot of snow, which is why we've been able to stay open as late as we have," said outdoor recreation manager for the Rockford Park District Becky Lambert.

Snow Park at Alpine Hills is already planning for next season. It says it wants to add snowboarding classes and other educational courses for its visitors.