By Jennifer McRae

VAIL, Colo. (CBS4)– The snowstorm was a welcome sight on Friday among skiers and boarders, and other winter enthusiasts, in Colorado. They hit the slopes to take advantage of the fresh and long-awaited snow.

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“I was worried, coming from Charlotte, North Carolina with zero snow at all, you come out here and get 6-12 inches, if you are lucky,” said boarder Dan Tangarone.

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On the side of the highway on Vail Pass, snowmobilers were dancing in celebration at the nearly one foot of fresh snow.

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While most ski areas have opened for the season, many had a delayed start or just a small percentage of the slopes open due to the warm and dry conditions.

Jennifer McRae