It was a dash for the powder as Silver Star Mountain Resort opened the Putnam Creek side on the weekend.
Skiers rose early to make it up to the top of the Comet Express chair to reach the entrance to the backside where they were held back initially behind a rope until the ski patrol opened the area.
“The dropping of the rope has become Silver Star’s version of the running of the bulls,” said Anne Haight, sales and marketing director.
“It’s a free-for-all as every skier charges ahead to compete for fresh tracks.”
Putnam Creek has 1,900 acres of skiable terrain with 90 per cent of its runs being made up of black and double black diamond runs. This side of the mountain was first open in the 1980s and the runs are long, steep and serviced by its own high-speed lift, the Powder Gulch Express.
Groomers, zipperline moguls and narrow chutes comprise most of the runs.
It was a busy weekend for Silver Star.
On Saturday, the resort held a Christmas celebration in the village with fire jugglers, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, sleigh rides and a visit from Santa.