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

Big White opens for 50th season

Some 200 people lined up to catch the first chairlift for Big White's 50th anniversary season

  • Nov. 29, 2012 12:00 p.m.

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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