Skiers, snowboarders head up the mountain for Lee Canyon’s opening day

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Friday was the day many snowboarders and skiers have been waiting for: Opening day at Lee Canyon.  And what better way to start the winter season at  Lee Canyon than with a batch of fresh powder on the ground. 

“I feel like today — opening day is like even better than the past like last year,” said Christine Le, snowboarder. “They have more snow today than they got like all last year so you can’t complain. It’s awesome.”

There is at least a half a foot of fresh snow at Lee Canyon.

“I’m pretty happy about the natural snow; definitely helps put the base down for the season,” said Enrique Castro, snowboarder. 

Despite the recent snowfall, it wasn’t enough to open up the intermediate and advanced lifts.  The resort is still working on the base where some of the snow appears undisturbed.
    
The only area open right now is the bunny slope, so snowboarders and skiers will have to do practice rounds there.

“I wished they opened the top, but they’ll get to that,” Le said.

For many visitors, it’s more about who you’re with than where you are.

“I’ve known him since 1980,” said Craig Kaples, a skier. “Believe it or not, I  was a school teacher for 30-years for the Clark County School District. this guy here was a student of mine and graduated in 1980.” 

The longtime friends have countless memories at Lee Canyon and are ready to make more.

“It’s been a long history up here,” said James Wright, skier. “I learned to ski up here on this little bunny hill, and it’s just great.”

The resort hopes to have all of the slopes open by Saturday, depending on the weather. 

Those looking forward to tubing will have to wait until Saturday, Dec. 15.
     
Those traveling up to Mount Charleston can dial 5-1-1 for weather and road conditions.

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