Winter Park Resort opening: ‘Sunsational’ |

Winter Park Resort opening: ‘Sunsational’

Grand County, Colorado
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Before Winter Park Resort opened Wednesday, several people waited in line to ride the first chairlift of the season, and once the clock struck 9 a.m., a flood of people joined them.

First in line at the Arrow Chairlift was snowboarder Jared Mounteatten, who wore a crown on his head, and called himself “Odis.” To have that spot, he came to the resort at 6:45 a.m. he said.

Next in line was skier Tanner Metz, 18, of Winter Park. Behind him was Patrick M., 19, from Fraser and a Wisconsin native who was excited for his first run.

Bob Bolen, 43, of Tabernash, also stood in line with his children Jake, 7, and Becca, 11.

“It’s a tradition ” biggest holiday for the family is opening day,” Bolen said. “The beginning of ski season is finally here after a long summer.”

Danny Hirsch, 22, of Colorado Springs came to the resort at 6:45 a.m. to be one of the first snowboarders down the mountain, but he had to get out of line to use the restroom.

“Some things just have to come first, you know?” he said.

He was still looking forward to being one of the first to ride down the mountain.

“I could do that all day,” he said.

He planned to spend the day riding and finding his form from last year.

“This place is perfect,” he said. “People are awesome, lifts are running all the time ” so you get a lot more runs in.”

Joe Milke, 25, of Greeley, experienced one of the first runs at the resort.

“It was fast,” he said. “There’s not much open, it’s a little icy but it’s not too bad.”

Dominic Longhini, 28, made his first run of the season down the mountain “nice and easy.”

“It was a relief,” he added. “Not bad for freshly pushed-around snow.”

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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