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Skiers hit the slopes at Great Divide for Christmas Eve

Posted at 5:57 PM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 19:57:37-05

Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at Great Divide on Monday for some fresh snow and a Christmas Eve tradition.

Great Divide had their earliest opening this year and General Manager Joe Pope believes the season has gone great so far.

The ski area recently opened the big chairlift up to the top of the mountain and staff say there is some great skiing opportunities for those who are experienced.

“We’re very excited to open Belmont for what we’re calling adventure skiing. Most people know early season conditions exist and that will change up in the next few days while we get some more natural snow,” said Pope.

It takes around 40 people including operators, instructors, and food service personnel to run the ski hill on Christmas Eve.

Families told MTN they were thankful to have the skiing opportunity when almost everything else is closed.

Pope said the holiday break looks great right now for snow making and if weather patterns hold, it should make for some great skiing.

Great Divide will be closed on Christmas Day, but will be open every other day over the holidays leading up to their annual Torchlight Parade on December 31.

For those hoping to participate in the Torchlight Parade and ring in the new year, staff advise you arrive at the ski hill no later than 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Pope would like to thank the community for their continued support and everyone with ski patrol who volunteer their time to help make sure everyone on the mountain is safe.

-Reported by John Riley/MTN News