It's a white Christmas after all for valley families - or at least for those who hit the slopes at Mount Charleston. Meteorologists predict more snow Wednesday.
Dreams of a white Christmas came true for the Mejia family even if they live in the desert.
"It's beautiful," said Paula Mejia who lives in Las Vegas. "It's like having a magical Christmas."
Mejia brought her cousins visiting from Columbia to Mount Charleston so they could experience the snow for the first time.
"This place is really pretty," said Mejia. "We are happy to be here."
It's also a first for 5-year-old Ian Wells who hopped on skis. He hopes to be the next Johnny Moseley.
"My favorite part is skiing super fast," said Ian.
"It's awesome," said Kurt Wells who lives in Las Vegas. "It's like a different world up here. It's great."
The families are among dozens who enjoyed Christmas Day above 8,000 feet. Mount Charleston has received about two feet of natural snow in the last few weeks.
"I miss the snow," said Stacey Brown who lives in Las Vegas. "I brought the girls up for a little bit of snow and running around but they aren't big snow fans."
While Brown's two Maltese dogs aren't big fans, she and many other families hope to make the trip an annual holiday tradition.
"At Christmas time being out in the snow," said Brown. "It feels a lot more like Christmas to me."
You can spend the day up at Mount Charleston for free by bringing your sleds and bundling up. So far there hasn't been too much snow where chains and snow tires are required.
A normal season would see about 240 inches of snow on the mountain. With two big recent storms visitors hope it will be a good season this winter.
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