The excitement level was high way before the lifts opened at both Gondola One and the Eagle Bahn gondola. Actually the ribbon was cut on Chair 8 in Lionshead as some of the fanatics had slept all night in front of the lift for the first run. Apparently, Lindsay Vonn was there to welcome the first skiers on the mountain.
There were 21 trails and seven lifts open so the skiers could choose pretty much anything on the front side of the mountain. Conditions were reported as excellent and the skiers flocked in all day until closing. Normally only Born Free is open on the first day, but on Friday, there were over 500 acres of great terrain. in addition to the hooting and hollering on the mountain, all the shop keepers in both villages were happy with all the business the opening brought them. While the Blu Cow hot dog stand was brisk, so also were all the ski shops, which had lots of tunes and base repairs to make.
Now we are open and the village is alive again, come visit us in the Sitzmark Building across from the International Bridge and ask for Judd Babcock to give you a tour of the mountain as well as some of the real estate available.