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Sky Tavern Opens for the Season

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Jen Jackson
Channel 2 News

Anyone who grew up in Northern Nevada knows about Sky Tavern. And the tradition of the Lodge brought more then 1,000 people to its opening day on Saturday.

For 62 years, people have come to Sky Tavern.

Board members have waited for this day to come, when skiers could click into their bindings and hit the slopes.

Seven-year-old Cole Johnson agrees, "I've been waiting for a long time for this day to happen and ski for a while. So, that's that."

"It's a great time and I think it's a great experience for everyone to have," adds 13-year-old Scotty Henderson.

"The slopes were good," says 7-year-old Diego Anastassatos.

Sky Tavern is a volunteer ski and snowboard resort.

With the promise of adults giving their time to the program, a ski pass costs less and lessons are available for all ages.

George Anastassatos, a parent says, "It's just a wonderful program to be able to bring your kids up, participate with them. Help out the community. Share, teach kids, have a lot of fun up here on the mountain."

"I get to see him a lot and sometimes he helps in my group," says George's son, Diego.

An electrical fire in November forced renovations to the old building. And instead of opening last weekend, a delay in the carpet delivery pushed it back to this weekend.

This season is Jeffrey Anderson's fifth at Sky Tavern. The 10-year-old had Meningitis when he was younger.

"That took away my fingers and part of my legs, from the knees down," Anderson says.

But none of that stops Jeffrey from helping to keep the slopes clear and becoming a better skier.

In fact, Sky Tavern says this is the building ground for a lifetime of good skiers.

"Etiquette, manners; they can ski well and they'll take this with them into high school, college," says Chris Mountain, the marketing director of Sky Tavern.

And after the big storms of last week, George Anastassatos adds, "Mother Nature came here at the end and put a little bit of whipped cream on the top, so we could have a lot of fun today."

Sky Tavern says by the end of the season about 2,500 kids will hit the slopes and 800 parents will volunteer.

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