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Ski Hills around Michiana are looking forward to higher amounts of snow this year after two years of low snowfall.

The last two years have been rough for ski hills. Snowfall amounts have been low, and temps have been higher, making it difficult to make snow.

Jamie Stafne is the spokesperson for Swiss Valley Ski Area in Jones, Michigan. She said the cold snowy weather right now is ideal for their snow-making equipment.

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As Michiana starts to prepare for winter weather, road crews have been working to get plows, salt and drivers ready to roll.

Hiring, ordering salt and plow repairs are just a few things that local highway departments do to get ready for snow and winter weather.

Jeff Taylor is the manager of the Elkhart County Highway Department. He said one of the challenges this year was low unemployment in the county.

INDOT says salt prices are up 57 percent compared to last year.