(CBS) — While many of us were cursing the weather last week, a west suburban ski resort was making good use out of the cold snap.

The couple of inches of snow that has fallen isn’t enough for the 7 ski and snow boarding runs at Villa Olivia in Bartlett, but Superintendent Pete Pope says recent below-freezing temperatures helped them make their own.

He says it normally takes 2 to 3 weeks to put 2 feet of white stuff on the ground but this time it was done in a week.

That allowed Villa Olivia to open on Dec 13th – a full ten days earlier than last year.

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