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Skiiers and snowboarders enjoy fresh powder at Jiminy Peak

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Also taking advantage of the snow, are skiiers and snowboarders. More than a thousand visitors took advantage of the fresh snow at Jiminy Peak on Thursday, making it the resort's busiest day so far this season. YNN's Madeleine Rivera was there and has the story.

HANCOCK, Mass. — During or after a snowstorm, there's usually one place where you can find some smiling faces: a ski resort.

"The snow is just right. It's perfect out here," said Harland Cook, a Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort visitor.

There were many who felt that same way on Thursday. More than a couple thousand skiiers and snowboarders hit the slopes to enjoy the fresh powder brought to the area by the first major snowstorm of the season. And, the timing could not have been any more perfect.

"We're on holiday break and we get back to school next Wednesday, I think. But, not looking at that right now, all the strutting we're doing right now, that's all we're focused on. We don't care about school, just focusing on the pow," said Parker Wright, a visitor.

"You can't beat the conditions. There's nice powder on the ground. Just makes you feel fantastic," said Eli Greenwald, also a visitor.

It's also fantastic for resort employees, who make about 15% of their business during the holiday season.

"This is perfect timing. Mother Nature gave us a wonderful holiday present. The snow is helping a lot, and we've got good momentum heading into this week, and we're pretty happy," said Betsy Strickler, Jiminy's Director of Marketing.

With 33 out of 45 trails open, and more than a couple thousand visitors, Strickler says this is their busiest day so far, but they're hoping for an even busier season.

"From what we've seen and heard, it look like the cold weather is here to stay. So, we will continue to make snow, to add to what Mother Nature has brought us, and we'll continue until we can open, hopefully one hundred percent of the trails," she said.

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