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Nov 25, 2012 7:10 PM by Dustin Klemann - Q2 News

Skiers, snowboarders hit opening weekend slopes at Red Lodge Mountain

RED LODGE - As the snow begins to fall, some people may not be too excited for winter to settle in for good.

However, for others, especially skiers and snow boarders, they feel right at home.

That was especially true at Red Lodge Mountain this weekend, for the opening of the ski season.

Jeff Carroll, Red Lodge Marketing Director, estimates more than 1000 people visited the mountain each day during the weekend when the lodge opened its gates on Friday.

He says it's very much a tradition for people to head to the mountain during Thanksgiving, weather permitting.

He would agree that Mother Nature smiled on the 1,500 acre mountain this weekend with the 12-to-24 inches of fresh powder -- including 3 inches from the past week -- for shredding.

"We're coming off a really strong season last year so we've got this momentum that we're really excited about."

The more than 100,000 skiers and snowboarders expected to visit the mountain this season have a lot to look forward to.

With new additions to the resort and 33 snowguns grooming runs, there is more than enough bang for season pass bucks, which cost slightly more than $700 for adults.

Carroll says the mountain is becoming more popular with new guests visiting from various areas, but it still has that great laid back vibe as it owns one of the strongest cores of returning skiers and snowboarders.

Of course, if you're not a regular skier or boarder and have never tried the sport, Red Lodge provides introductions to the activity for any age with a gentle learning curve, as well as reasonable costs for renting equipment.

And after you finish a supreme run of the day, don't forget the resort's highly regarded food and brew.

For more information on how you can enjoy your next day off or spend the weekend, visit Red Lodge Mountain's website.

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