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Opening day lands skiers at the slopes

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - As people lined up hoping to land great deals, Others in Dubuque just hoped to land jumps. Opening day at the ski slopes - drew a different crowd.

Typically on Black Friday you see people lined up around stores trying to get the best deals but today at Sundown Mountain in Dubuque everyone lined up on the slops because they're finally open

It's the day after Thanksgiving and for avid skiers, it's not Black Friday, it's ski friday.

"It's kinda goofy. I don't thin I've ever been skiing the day after Thanksgiving, theres no snow anywhere else," said Wilson Schmidt of Dubuque.

This little patch of snow in Dubuque County is drawing people of all ages.

"First day back, good now, bring the crew," said Richard Canby.

Canby brought his family from Cedar Rapids.

"It's the one thing that keeps the family together and it's such a blast this is the one thing we couldn't cut back on," he said.

Meaning, despite economic times, a season pass is still a priority. Canby's not alone.

"I think people won't drive as far to go places but this is a great activity, great sport. Takes your mind of the things taht really we should be thinking about so much," said Tony Lobinaco, Sundown Ski School Instructor.

As for shopping, and landing all those Black Friday bargins, Canby says his wife is doing the shopping. And at Sundown, these crowds are different.

"Dealing with the crowds there, I'd rather deal with the crowds here," said Canby.

Crowds that, for now, aren't worried about any bargins, the tough economy, or even what's having for dinner. For now. It's simple:

"All of us who've bene watiing all summer, we're ready," said Lobinaco.

Right now only a third of the slopes are open here at Sundown but they say they'll be maing snow through the next few weeks until all the slops are open for skiers.

Sundown says despite the tough economy people are still buying season passes. They say when times get tough. The last thing people want to give up is recreation.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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