South Hills, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
The slopes of Magic Mountain were lively with eager skiers and snowboarders welcoming the start of the 2014 season.
Lack of snow prevented the mountain from getting an early start.
Resort owner Gary Miller notes, “It's always bad when you don't get to open before the Christmas break. We really need that. It's probably the biggest part of our income, our business part. But you know what, we'll take it anytime we can get it. We're happy we got snow now and everyone's happy.”
Wade Rast, head director of ski patrol, adds, ‘we're at least one month late this year. We have no snow making, so when we get it we're going to open but we're going to make sure it’s safe.”
Skier Ethan Alexander says he is "happy it's opening day. We go to ski every weekend so we're pumped Magic is open."
A chairlift, magic carpet, and terrain park are now open to the public.
Miller notes, "Our training park… we put a lot of emphasis in that. We have 20 features that we have set up and we probably have 10–15 more as we get more snow."
Ryan Walters, a snowboarder from the area, says, “there’s not a ton of snow but the runs are still phenomenal and there are infinite possibilities, you can go in between runs and cliffs and everything.”
For those who don't want to go skiing or snowboarding, the tubing hill is a great option.
Miller adds, “Its been a great opening day we have three buses here, lots of kids and lots of families. We have the tubing hill running now.”
For more on Magic Mountain and information on ticket prices, visit their website at www.magicmountainrestort.com.