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Skiers and snowboarders all smiles with opening of Marble Mountain

Gavin Curtis of Deer Lake was among the hundreds of skiers and snowboarders who enjoyed themselves at Marble Mountain ski resort on Saturday. The hill opened for the first day of the season with 90 per cent of the slopes open.
Gavin Curtis of Deer Lake was among the hundreds of skiers and snowboarders who enjoyed themselves at Marble Mountain ski resort on Saturday. The hill opened for the first day of the season with 90 per cent of the slopes open. - Dave Kearsey

STEADY BROOK, N.L. - A little more powder to work with would have been welcome, but with the sun peeking through a thin cloud cover and not a breeze to be found, it was hard to find somebody who didn’t look like they were on their favourite playground.

There were smiles everywhere Saturday as young and old alike made treks to Marble Mountain ski resort in Steady Brook for opening day.

Moms and dads spent the day with their children enjoying a day on skis or snowboards. Some were willing to push the limits with high speeds and looked quite comfortable going through the snow, while others needed some help to keep them focused as skiing is something fairly new to them and they are still in the learning stages.

Noah Anderson, 15, wiped out on the bottom of the hill after a spill on his snowboard that saw his ball cap going flying in the air, but he was game for anything on this day because he loves to spend the winter at Marble.

“A little bit more powder would be nice, but overall they’re pretty good,” Anderson said of the slopes. “It was a pretty good crowd and I just like being out in the snow having fun with my friends.”

Ten-year-old Lily Hayden, under the watchful eye of her dad, was making sure she got in every run she could as her dad tried to keep up the pace.

Lily looks forward to the winter season because she is involved with figure skating, but she has discovered that skiing is a fun sport to do on the side.

She was happy to see a good crowd show up at the hill for the first day of the season.

“The runs are nice. It’s nice and powdery on some of them and icy on some of them but I like both,” Lily said, pointing out that she was surprised to find so many people up early Saturday morning.

Gavin Curtis made the trip down from Deer Lake with his dad. He couldn’t think of a better place to spend the day.

“It’s a great opportunity to come out and play on the hill,” Curtis said.

The hill was a busy place, but if it’s powder that will bring more people out then management at Marble must be smiling because according to recent forecasts, there’s lots on the way.

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