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Skiers can't wait for real snow



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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON -- The snow making machines throughout Brighton aren't anything like real snow, but the crowds heading down Brighton's slopes Friday didn't seem to mind.

"It's beautiful out there," said 82-year old Arthur Traiger. "If you can walk, then come up and ski."

Traiger said he's been thinking about this day the entire summer. It was his first day out on the slopes.

ResortOpening date
Alta Nov. 20
Beaver Mountain TBA
Brian Head Nov. 21
Brighton Open
The Canyons Nov. 27
Deer Valley Dec. 5
Park City Nov. 21
Powder Mountain Nov. 28
Snowbasin Nov. 26
Snowbird Nov. 21
Solitude Open
Sundance Dec. 11
Wolf Creek Nov. 27

"The beginning of the season is just wonderful," he said.

Brighton opened Wednesday, making two ski hills in Utah now open for the winter season; Solitude was the first.

Skiers can't wait for real snow

That makes Big Cottonwood Canyon the place to go this weekend if you want to go skiing or snowboarding. Not all the lifts are open -- neither are all the runs -- but it's finally a chance to get on some snow.

"Today is my first day back; and the snow and everything, it's great," said Lehi resident Gardner Nielson.

It should get better this weekend, when real snow from an upcoming storm is expected to cover a lot of the man-made snow.

"Yeah, we're excited because a new storm, what that means is more runs, more trails and more lifts open up," said Jared Winkler, spokesman for Brighton Ski Resort. "we're really expecting a big turnout tomorrow, being our first Saturday and our first weekend open for us."

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