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Jed Boal ReportingFor many of us the cold, wet weather is something you could live without. For others it's the beginning of the best time of year.
A lot of people are rolling out of Big Cottonwood Canyon this evening. Skiers and snowboarders think this is the way it ought to be every year.
Trent Sanders, Snowboarder: “It’s a super-sick day. The snow’s nice.”
Brighton Resort got the season going with the earliest opening in 21 years.
Carol Garner, Brighton Resort: “People are having a great time; everyone's excited and it's phenomenal snow."
With school out for Utah Education Association meetings, students swarmed the slopes. It was quite a crowd, but once the skiers and boarders got moving we heard no complaints.
Scott Coccimiglio, Snowboarder: “It's just an adrenaline rush. Going with your friends and just carvin' it up and stuff. It's so fun."
Jace Foster, Snowboarder: “Usually we don't have this snow until mid-November. I'm pretty stoked on it."
Some skiers are all business, perfecting technique from day one.
Audrey Anderson, Skier: “I like to practice my turns, just do lots of runs."
Patrick Anderson, Skier: “I took off work to be home with the kids. My son is already at the bottom. We thought we'd come up for the first day of skiing."
Most of the people on the hill today thought they'd be out mountain biking or even water skiing. Nobody had any idea they'd be out riding the slopes on UEA weekend.
Trent Sanders, Snowboarder: “I'd thought I'd maybe down at Powell or something, definitely not snowboarding."
Even with an early season it's been a long wait for some.
Carol Garner, Brighton Resort: “With an opening day this early, with UEA, with the excitement of the snow. This is pretty much what we were hoping for."
Snowbird plans its earliest opening ever a week from today. For a look at openings at other resorts, follow the link to Ski Utah.