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Surprisingly strong start for ski hills

Surprisingly strong start for ski hills

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MOUNT HOREB (WKOW)-- For ski hills, Thanksgiving weekend is sort of like the unofficial kickoff to the season.

With families getting together and kids home from college, it tends to be one of their busiest weekends of the year.

While others are out shopping, eating leftovers or just plain taking it easy, the snow machines at Tyrol Basin are putting in a little overtime.

"We have to rely on being below normal at night in order to make snow and get open early like this," General Manager Don McKay explains.

Since 8:00 a.m. Friday morning, blowers have been running nonstop to turn grassy ground into a snow-covered hill.

"We were able to really make some great snow in the last 24 hours. Got us open today and we should be open now for the season, I hope," McKay says.

Even though workers were only able to open two of 17 runs, they were still able to sell over 500 lift tickets to make it a pretty impressive Thanksgiving weekend.

"Drove up here from Chicago this morning. Home with the parents for Thanksgiving. I got up early and got up here to meet these guys," snowboarder Keith Kubiesa says.

For Kubiesa and his buddies it's been a long time coming.

"Daily, just waiting to get out," says fellow snowboarder Colin Droster.

Despite having few options for boarding, it just feels good to get out again.

"It can be as many runs as you want. It's whatever you make it you know?" Droster says.

After all some snow is better than no snow. Luckily, nowadays you can make it when mother nature can't provide it.

Workers plan to open another run Sunday morning and they hope to have half the hills covered in snow by next weekend.

 

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