Snowboarders swarm Buck Hill's snowy slopes for early opening - KMSP-TV

Snowboarders swarm Buck Hill's snowy slopes for early opening

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Anyone who heads down to Burnsville will have noticed that things are beginning to look a lot like winter. That's because Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Area created a snow-covered wonderland, allowing them to open a little sooner than usual.

"People just came out in droves!" said General Manager Don McClure.

As many as 600 ski, snowboard and snow tubing enthusiasts could not wait to embrace Old Man Winter on opening night. .

"It's an awesome feeling just to kind of get back in the swing of things," chuckled snowboarder Noland Pester.

Snowboarding is certainly the most popular activity on the slopes this time of year.

"I love snowboarding. I've had a season pass -- my third year now. Snowboarding is a huge passion of mine I come out every winter, every day I can," said Eagan native Daniel Lev.

The boarding bunch even has some cool lingo to use when discussing their snowy sport.

"I like to shred the gnar," smiled a nodding Jack Repelding. "Snowboard."

The early start is all thanks to this week's 2-day rendezvous with 20-degree weather and 4 million gallons of artificial snow.

"We've added a lot more horsepower to the equation so four runs open with 30 hours of work," laughed McClure.

The slopes should stay open through the rest of the season barring a massive melt. Run and lift hours at Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard area are 3-9 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday.

"There's a lot of pent up demand this season. It seems like everyone's just really itching to get an early start," noted McClure.

For weekend hours and lift ticket details click here: www.buckhill.com

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