High Winds Don't Stop Reno's Backyard Resort From Opening

RENO, Nev. - Bundled in their snow gear, Brady Myers and his friend Nick Prastka, are excited to be going on their first runs of the 2012-2013 ski season.

"I've been waiting for this day since the last day of last season," Myers said.

Mount Rose Ski Resort celebrated its opening day Wednesday. Representatives from the resort said they had to resist the urge to open early.

"We wanted to wait until we could open the whole mountain, top to bottom," Mike Pierce, marketing director for Mount Rose said.

Thanks to early storms and cold over night temperatures perfect for snow making, crews had the many of the runs, including the Kit Carson Bowl and Ramsey's, open and ready to go. But Mother Nature had a different plan.

"I've never skied somewhere where it's this windy," Indigo McLeskey said.

The high winds kept most of the lifts closed. Skiers and Snowboarders were able to take the Ponderosa lift up to the beginner runs. But after last year's disappointing season, anything is better than nothing.

"I could do one run on the beginning mountain and be happy, or I could do a hundred runs in the Chutes," Prastka said. "It's still fun."

The winds should die down by Thursday, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"It's always our goal to get everything opened for Thanksgiving so we can offer skiing to anyone who's just jonesing to get on the slopes," Pierce said.

The majority of the Rose side of the mountain is open and ready for skiers. They are waiting on a few more storms to open the 'Slide Side'.