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Skiers And Snowboarders Get Ready To Hit The Slopes

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It's that time of year, the snow is on the mountains, and skiers and snowboarders are getting ready to hit the slopes.

"I'm so excited, I'm so excited. It's going to be a great season," said Missoula snowboarder and skier, Kevin Watt.

It's almost the time of year avid skiers and snowboarders, like Watt, have been waiting for all year long: the snow is starting to fall, and soon the slopes will be open.

"This time of season is kind of a tease, it's cold enough that the snow is starting to fall in the hills, but it's a waiting game, but we're almost there," Watt said.

It's not all fun and games, a lot goes into getting ready for the season.

"I start getting my board waxed, I start looking at the accessories, going through last years equipment, and see what I need," Watt said.

"We're busy and getting busier," said Gull Ski and Snowboard manager, Glen Gaertner.

Managers at Gull Ski and Snowboard, a seasonal shop which opens in August, said business is already off to a good start.

"Last couple weeks it's really turned on, especially since we had snow over the ski swap weekend a couple weeks ago," Gaertner said.

Gaertner said business really starts to pick up once the summer comes to an end.

"It's got everyone excited. There's a lot of cooped up energy. Everyone has to get out and ride on the hill after a long hot summer," Gaertner said.

As you prepare for the upcoming ski season, Gaertner said the sooner you get your equipment ready, the better.

"The earlier you can bring stuff in and get it set up and mounted, and waxed and tuned, the earlier we can get you out and enjoying the mountains," Gaertner said.

Look Out Pass Ski Resort is set to open Thursday, while Snowbowl opens December 6, and Lost Trail Powder Mountain is getting ready to open in the coming weeks.

Bridger Bowl is set to open December 6, and the slopes at Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin open November 28.

 

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