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Melanie Wongmwong@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyMatty Alberts jibs a rock on the side of Born Free run Friday on Vail's opening day.
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VAIL, Colorado Now when I wake up, I wont have wonder what Im going to do with my day, a skier said as he ascended Colorado’s Vail Mountain on Chair 8 on Friday.Many others, itching to get on the slopes, had similar sentiments as Vails opening day kicked off a few minutes early at 8:55 a.m. Friday. The temperature was warm and the sun was shining through the clouds as Born Free lift rumbled to a start, and the crowd lined up at Lionshead Village headed up the mountain.The mountain opened for its 46th season with Born Free, accessible by Chair 8, and beginner terrain at Eagles Nest, accessible by the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Chair 15. Vail resident Rick Bell was one of the many locals headed up for his first run of the day.You have to get up opening day, he said. Plus, you get to see people you havent seen all summer.Moments later, Joe Edelmann came riding across the bridge and headed straight back to the lift line.It was beautiful, he said. Corduroy from wall to wall.Eric Lee, of Vail, managed to snag fifth chair, and said he was pleased with the snow.Its hard packed, but not icy. You can still get into it and carve, he said.Brian Lewis, of Denver, said he hasnt missed a Vail opening day for quite a few years, and he wasnt planning on missing this one. Like many on the slopes, he expressed a common wish more snow.It was fast snow. It feels pretty icy, but thats typical for opening day, Lewis said. Hopefully well have lots of snow this season. Bring the snow!Edwards resident Nathan Schroepfer agreed, saying he only planned to take a couple runs on Friday.Ill wait for the real snow before I really start having fun, he said.Having skied surrounding mountains for the past few weeks and now Vail, Avon resident Kyle Jones said hes ready for winter to come.Im ready for it to dump four or five feet, he said.However, others, like Vail resident Ryan Roony, said he was happy with the limited terrain and was just out to enjoy the day.It feels great to be out, he said. Its a fun little run. Youve got a little burn in the legs, but its nice, and the sun is shining.Some, such as Vail resident Joanna Kuznik, had big plans for the season.This is her second ski season, and she said shes eager to get beyond beginner status.Im going to ski a lot so I can get better. I really like it, its so fun. And Vail is the best place to learn, she said.Lee said his goal was to get in as many days this season as possible.Ive been jonesing to ski since April, he said Last season was such an awesome season.Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.


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