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Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort celebrates 50th anniversary

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The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort said it's doubled the number of runs it has on the mountain in just the past few months.

And over the next decade it'll be a much larger resort.

Those who remember the resort's early days were at a celebration gala Friday night.

Marcel Barel has been coming to the resort since 1967, when it had only been running for five years with just a rope tow.

"And the rope tow ran up the back wheel of a truck, and they had to shift," Barel told FOX5.

The resort has come a long way since then, with many improvements in the past year alone.

"We've added 14 new runs, we've totally remodeled our base lodge, restaurant, locker rooms, bathrooms and we're adding a mid mountain grill this year as well," said Kevin Stickelman, president and general manager of the resort.

Those improvements are the first part of a multi-phase development project the resort is under going over the next 10 to 12 years.

Already a little bit of snow is falling at the ski resort, which leaves some to ask when it's going to open this season.

"We are going to open next Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, we've made a lot of snow up high with our snow making machines, we're getting some natural snow over the next couple of days," Stickelman said.

Barel said he can't wait to get up on the slopes this season.

He's been back on the slopes every season since first visiting.

"Last year I skied pretty much every day, expect when I have to come into town to visit a doctor," Barel said.

Even after more than 40 years of skiing the same old runs he said he rarely gets tired of it.

"You get a little bit, very little fresh snow and it just livens up," Barel said.

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