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Bobofest 2012 Friday Inside Reno Events Center

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This weekend's storm is obviously good news for local ski resorts and everyone who is anxious to hit the slopes.

It comes right alongside a big event for some skiers and snowboarders, as Bobofest gets underway, tonight at 6pm.

Tickets are $6 for children, under the age of 12, and $12 for adults.

The highlight of the event is Warren Miller's newest movie, "Flow State".

It features skiers and boarders, from all around the world, showing off their skills, including some locals like Toby Miller, from Lake Tahoe.

"I've seen the movies, over the years, and it was just amazing to be a part of it," Miller said. "Those guys are awesome."

One goal of the event is to teach about 75 disadvantaged kids how to ski, that otherwise wouldn't get the chance.

"I think they'll absolutely love it," Miller said. "I think it will be a life experience. Once I started, I never stopped. I hope they're the same."

Bobo's is teaming up with Sky Tavern to make it all happen.

"We like to be a part of the community," Bobo's Manager Pat Parraguirre said. "The community has been good to us, so it's our way of giving back to the community. So, it's really important to us but it's more important for those kids to have a good first experience on the mountain."

The event couldn't come at a better time.

Kirkwood and Squaw Valley just opened today, joining 3 others that are already up and running for the season.

"There's a lot of enthusiasm," Parraguirre said. "People are coming in. They're saying that the conditions, this early, are pretty darn good out there."

"It's like a six month long holiday for them," Bobo's Technician Moose Hacili said.

A holiday many have been looking forward to since the resorts closed for the summer.

"Being up high again, being up at altitudes, seeing white snow and seeing the valley from a different perspective," Gardnerville resident Roger Rogalski said.

Many people are getting their gear ready, bringing a business boost to places like Bobo's Mogul Mouse.

They are coming in for wax, tune-ups, or to buy new equipment.

RANDY "I've been skiing on boots that are about 6-7 years old. I like the flex, I like the softness, but they're just worn down."

But getting ready for the ski season means more than just getting your equipment ready.

"Don't forget protective clothing," Hacili said. "Every year, someone comes out with a new type of fabric, a new way of staying warm and dry. It's really important that you maintain dryness."

Written by Paul Nelson
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