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Big White opens for 50th season

Opening Day at Big white saw 200 people line up at 8:30 a.m. for the first chair to open of the season. - Jennifer Smith
Opening Day at Big white saw 200 people line up at 8:30 a.m. for the first chair to open of the season.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith

The first four guys to officially ski or board Big White in the 2012-13 season were in line by 7 a.m. to seal the deal, waiting only an hour and a half for the mountain to open.

This season marks 50 such openings and plenty is planned for the celebration; although, the diehards in line Thursday morning weren't focused on anything more than mountain of white they were preparing to take on.

"I've been waiting and waiting since I finished skiing last spring," said Joe Sullivan, a Big White convert for the last 18 years.

By contrast, Ben Hansford lined up for his very first day ever as a snowboarder. Hansford is originally from Cambridge and was down the mountain with two succesful runs under his belt in just over an hour.

Billie Oram, 22, and her sister Emma-Jane Oram, 24, weren't having quite as much success as the younger sister tried to teach the older one a few tricks.

Killing themselves laughing after landing in a heap, they were nonetheless enjoying a slightly foggy, warm but very entertaining first day of the season. Two centimeters of snow fell before the mountain opened with a 48-cm base.

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