Colleen Burke enjoys her coffee in the lift line as she waits for the new Summit quad to open. Photo: Jake Sherman.

PHOTOS: Whitewater opens season in style

On Friday Whitewater opened for the 2017/2018 winter season — the stoke was real

Hundreds of local residents gathered on Friday to celebrate Whitewater opening its 2017/18 winter season. 74-year-old local skier ‘Gavi’ got first chair on the Silver King, and local teenagers from the Valhalla Wilderness Program camped out for three hours to grab first chair on the brand new Summit quad. Blue skies had locals smiling from ear to ear.

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Locals Kaila Smith, Matt Paul, and Topher McGaulley get ready to rip some hot laps. “I’d rather be at home right now,” said Paul. Photo: Jake Sherman.

Local 74-year-old skier who says his friends call him Gavi caught the first chair on the Silver King. “I’m 74, but this is my 70th ski season,” said Gavi. Photo: Jake Sherman.

Local teenage girls from the Valhalla Wilderness Program camped out for 3 hours to catch first chair on the brand new Summit quad. They told the Star the program focuses on leadership, backcountry travel, and safety. Photo: Jake Sherman.

Locals share their stoke as they wait for the lift to open. Photo: Jake Sherman.

Brother and sister Roah and Farrell Levy ride the new Summit quad. “I’ve never ridden the chair with a reporter before,” said Roah. Photo: Jake Sherman.

Local Viv Hughan started off her season with an early morning tour up to Scobb’s Knob. Photo: Jake Sherman.

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