Opening day!

Kelly Upp with daughter 6-year-old Reville ride up for their first ski run. Photo courtesy of White Pine


An overnight coating of 6 inches of fresh powder at White Pine brought out skiers keen to cut the first tracks for the start of this winter season last Friday.

Rock Springs resident Kevin Buschmann left home early to ride the first chair as he simply said, “I get Fridays off so I wanted to catch the first freshies of this season.”

Family members joined him on the mountain over the weekend.

Local Pinedale family Tommy and Kelly Upp brought their daughters Reville, 6, and Veronika, 5, up for the first day. Both girls had their first lessons at White Pine at age 2, and planned to spend the day skiing off the lower lift. The parents knew it wouldn’t be long before their daughters would be capable of skiing down Bonneville from the top of the mountain.

White Pine opened the season with sufficient snow to open three runs off the top of the mountain. White Pine will open up more runs as soon as Ski Patrol predict there is adequate coverage and conditions are safe for all skiers.

This winter season, White Pine will open every Friday through Monday. Opening days are extended over the schools’ holiday break and will be opening daily from Friday, Dec. 21, to Monday, Jan. 7. Both lifts run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the tubing hill is open from noon to 4 p.m. n

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