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Opening day at Granite Peak

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) -

It may only be mid-November, but this year, that means it's time for Granite Peak to open. Skiers and snowboarders were ready.

"A lot of season pass holders getting their first runs in for the year a lot of people coming and going today," said Brandon Marquardt, the lift operations manager.

Workers say it's only the second time the slopes have opened this early in ten years, and the weather helped them get a head start.

"Even though it's been a little warm the snow is packed nicely right now and it's not icy," said Marquardt.

The entire ski hill isn't open yet.

"We're currently running two upper runs and two lower runs as well as our beginner area on the other side," said Marquardt.

The rainy weather on opening day did put a damper on some of the fun.

"Once you get wet you get colder and colder," said Kaylen Anderson of Wausau.

Riders say the rain does make skiing more challenging.

"It's harder though because it's wet and raining.,” said Anderson.

The cold didn't stop everyone.

"We've been coming to Granite Peak all of us for three years so it's always good to come the first day they open," said Michael Altovelli of Appleton.

The work doesn't stop here. Granite Peak employees say they still have other slopes to work on.

"It all depends on the weather we're hoping for some more cold temperatures within the next few weeks to keep making snow," said Marquardt.

Braving the cold is all part of the experience to feel the rush going down the slopes.

Depending on the weather, Granite Peak will reopen next weekend if any riders missed out. Workers say they hope to have all the slopes open by Thanksgiving.

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