With more than a foot of fresh snow, the Arctic Valley Ski Area opened Sunday for the first time this season.

“Me and my buddies came out thinking we’re just going to get a couple turns, a couple laps in,” said snowboarder Reynaldo Perez-Figueredo. “It ended up being an all-day affair and some deep, awesome powder.”

They kicked off the season with a membership free ski day and $10 lift tickets.

“We had all three parking lots full, everybody walking out with big smiles on their faces,” said president of the Anchorage Ski Club Mark Heysell.

He said the weekend’s snow storm was a big relief.

“I know all skiers and riders in Southcentral have been itching and jonesing for snow,” he said. “We see it in town, and then a beautiful day here and it’s been wonderful.”

Even with the fresh powder, people told KTVA they had to watch out for rocks in some areas.

“[There is] definitely some exposed stuff because we don’t have a full base yet, but the skiing and riding has been good,” Heysell said.

Arctic Valley Ski Area sold 453 lift tickets on its first day, and plans to be open on Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of the season.

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