Skiers like James Mitchell couldn't ask for much more of a ski season than this, as Snowshoe Resort opened its slopes for the first time this season Wednesday.
"I got in last night for break from Old Dominion out in Norfolk got in probably around 10 o'clock so I knew I was going to be going skiing. I was really excited to get out there," said Mitchell.
While Superstorm Sandy caused problems across the state, it actually helped make this opening possible for Snowshoe.
"We got a little bit of a silver lining out of the Sandy storm in that we get 28 inches of snow and a lot of snowmaking temperatures. So we've been able to get a lot of snow down and we're pretty excited here to be able to open so early," said Frank DeBerry, President and COO of the resort.
It's also the biggest start the resort has ever had. It usually opens no more than 25 acres of trails to start, but this time around? 40 acres. And the big start makes the whole season bigger too.
"We also get to start expanding faster so we have a larger terrain opening by the time we get closet to the holidays, so getting started early like this, it's almost hard to overstate how important it is for us," DeBerry said.
And Mitchell's happy to have a chance to hit the slopes while he can.
"Being able to go on Thanksgiving break when I'm actually going to be here anyway, I'll be able to go and at least have one out of the way before I'm able to make it back, if I'm able to make it back," said Mitchell.