SUN VALLEY -- While Thanksgiving means turkey and gravy for many, it means ski slopes and snow packed mountains for others.

Thursday marked opening day for Sun Valley's 77th winter season.

KTVB was there as crowds of skiers and snowboarders prepared for their firsts runs of the season.

It's fun because I like the skiing, it's pretty fun, and the pools, and playing with my friends in the snow, says ten-year-old Tommy Barrow.

Tommy comes to Sun Valley every year with his family to celebrate the holiday in an outdoor way.

Its a lot more relaxing, says his mother, Sue Barrow. We can socialize with friends and you don't have to worry about cooking and making sure everyone is comfortable.

It is a turkey day tradition many snow goers here enjoy.

This is a tradition for as long as I've been here, says Nate Farrell. Every Thanksgiving I've been up on the mountain.

With the snow makers up and running and the help of some cold temps recently, 12 trails were open this opening day on Baldy.

There's a lot of natural snow. This is the most we've seen on opening in a long time, says John Larson.

His family would know, his daughter Lexington has been in Sun Valley every Thanksgiving since she was just 9 months old.

My favorite part about skiing is going down hills, says Lexington Larson.

All the white means more green, which is the upswing Sun Valley, is hoping for this season.

For the whole ski industry, last year was rough, the ski industry was down 18 percent, and snow does matter, says Sun Valley Marketing Director Jack Sibbach.

Snow does in fact matter, especially when it gives skiers something extra to be thankful for.

Sun Valley tells us right now, their advanced booking at the resort is already up from this time last year.

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