Early-season skiers hitting the slopes

Posted at 5:41 PM, Oct 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-25 01:59:55-04

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON – With over a foot of snow on some parts of the Wasatch Mountains, skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes almost a month before resorts plan to open.

“You get those giddy feelings in you,” said skier Alec Nelson. “If you’re committed, you've got to get up here right away.”

Dozens took the day off or skipped class to catch some of the fresh powder. After a drier season last year, they’re hoping the snow keeps coming.

“ We've been anticipating it,” said snowboarder Sawyer Stroud. “But once it actually comes, there’s no way to describe it. We’re just up here, chasing that feeling.”

Skiers and boarders braved the cold temperatures and slick conditions. A number of cars got stuck on passes and in parking lots. These enthusiasts say it’s worth it.

“I love skiing that much,” said Nelson. “ I've got to do it every possible chance I get.”

Skiing in the backcountry can be dangerous. Nelson and his friends say they bring equipment and look out for each other to make sure they stay safe.

“We always have safety meetings,” said Stroud. “We all look out for each other’s health.”

Ski resorts are currently scheduled to open mid-November.