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Utahns camp out for first chair up the slopes on Thanksgiving

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Nov 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-28 17:21:24-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- It was bluebird skies over many Utah ski resorts as skiers and snowboarders from all over came to celebrate their holiday in the snow.

It was another busy opening day for Snowbasin in Huntsville, and many people slept in line overnight at Snowbasin to try and get the first chair lift of the season up the mountain. Jason Dyer of Snowbasin said the lineup is tradition.

“They line up every year the day before, some had sleeping bags out this morning,” he said. “We have a really dedicated fan base.”

Park City Mountain Resort was a little less crowded, but skiers of all ages and skill levels were thankful ski season has finally arrived.

"I’m thankful for the men and women who have served our nation and are still doing it,” skier Don Hickman said. “I’m thankful to live in the United States, and I’m thankful for Utah powder.”

About half of Utah’s ski resorts are now open. Snowbasin is the seventh of 14 to open in Utah, and Canyons Resort opens on Friday.