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Successful opening weekend for Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area

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The blast of winter weather may have been messy for driving, but it was perfect timing for folks itching to hit the slopes.     

It was opening weekend at Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area.

The recent winter weather patterns have made it a success, compared to the last two years.

"Oh, I think by Tuesday this storm will pass and we'll have the best base we've had this time of year ever," says Jim Wiseman with Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area.

They have 11 runs open and two terrain parks. There's even something for those who prefer to stay out of the cold.

"You can smell our fire at the lounge. We call it our eternal flame of skiing that goes on the whole year," says Wiseman.

There wasn't snow like this opening weekend of 2012, but Swiss Valley still saw 47,000 visitors for the season.

"I mean, you can go whenever you want since you live so close, you know?" says season ticket holder, Taylor Marquez.

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