Montana Outdoors

Dec 24, 2012 11:06 AM by Daniel Erusha - KPAX News

Snow welcome sight at Missoula ski hill

MISSOULA - Some fresh snow was a much welcome sight for skiers and snowboarders at Snowbowl over the weekend.

Kate Davis has been heading down the slopes outside of Missoula for 35 years, and told us that her ski season is a bit off to a rocky start, but there's more winter weather on the horizon.

"You have to be careful, [you] probably don't want your new skis today, but you probably will the day after Christmas because we are going to get some more snow, and it's just getting better and better," she explained.

Davis was not alone on Sunday, as skiers and snowboarders from across the state headed out to ride the slopes.

Snowbowl Mountain Manager Pat McKay says the late winter snowfall hasn't put too much of a dent into their business.

"We are 90% open, and that's not too bad for just before Christmas. I mean, I have seen a lot worse years. I've seen better, but you know...so far the base we've got is a pretty good solid base," McKay commented.

He says as long as skiers are diligent, there's little chance for damaging your equipment. McKay added that Snowbowl is expecting more snow by Christmas, and may be able to open up all of their runs.

Davis says that for now, the lack of snow is not going to stop her from going to Snowbowl.

"This is the only place I ski. I love it. It's like a big family up here, it really is. It's a family resort. You know your friends are here, this is where you meet them."

Snowbowl is celebrating its 51st winter on the mountain. They'll be open Monday, but will be closed on Christmas Day.

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