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December can be a pretty tricky time for ski resorts because a lot of people don't take their vacations until later in the month and a lot of people spend their weekends shopping instead of skiing.

But when you get a storm that dumps snow for four days, it helps things out a lot.

Tuesdays aren't usually the busiest days for ski resorts. After all, people are at work or school and the next storm is already making it's way into the area.

But some are still taking a snow day and braving the weather.

"It's pretty good," snowboarder Matt Fickus said. "This is our first day up but it's pretty nice, actually."

"It's just easy to have this much snow, this early in the year, and finally get up here for the first time this year," snowboarder Bodie Blakely said.

Most of the lifts at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe are running and they have a five-foot base, thanks to the recent storm that dropped almost four feet of snow at the resort.

"It's kind of heavier, thicker snow," Mt. Rose Marketing Director Mike Pierce said. "But it buries any obstacles out there, which means when people do get off-trail and stuff like that, now everything will be covered and pretty soon we'll have 1,200 acres ready for everybody to go."

The chutes will be next to open and the timing couldn't be any better, with Christmas just three weeks away.

"Tahoe's got not only snow but a ton of snow, and it's really good for a confidence builder for anybody planning a holiday trip," Pierce said.

The new snow is also getting some people up on the mountain that are new to the area.

Emily Unruh is a University of Nevada student, from Las Vegas.

"It's pretty awesome," Unruh said. "This is my first time out here on Mt. Rose. So, I've only skied in Utah, Park City. So, this is pretty cool. I like it."

It also means some are already optimistic that their season passes will go a long way.

"It gets me excited for the whole season," Unruh said.

"I wish I could've come out, yesterday, get the fresh powder since it was closed all weekend but I like all the snow we're getting," snowboarder Jake McQueen said.

So far, this year, Mt. Rose has received 100 inches of snow and they hope the best is yet to come.

"Powder days are what everybody wants, next, because now that everything's buried and you can go almost anywhere, that's when the true fun kicks in is when you get a good powder day and you can go anywhere in the trees and you can go anywhere on the hill and feel comfortable," Pierce said.

Mt. Rose isn't going to put the snow makers away yet, but they are hoping after a couple more storms, they can put them away for the winter.

That will help them save a lot of money on energy and water use.

Written by Paul Nelson
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