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Las Vegans enjoy sunny, balmy Christmas Eve

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

As winter storms linger in the eastern part of the country, visitors and Valley locals are basking in unusually mild weather this Christmas holiday.

Still, those who prefer a white Christmas to the balmy Valley had only to drive up to Mount Charleston.

"We have been here for a week and the weather has just been fantastic," said Dorothy Epps, a tourist from Tennessee.

Temperatures were in the 60s on Tuesday, catching visitors off guard.

"I prepared myself for colder weather, but I ended up having to buy something lighter, so I do appreciate the Christmas weather," Epps said.

Those who prefer new-fallen snow on the day before Christmas were treated to significant powder at Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

"I like playing in the snow and going down the hill on a snowboard," said 8-year-old Mount Charleston visitor Kyra Burwell.

"I like making snow angels and throwing snowballs at them," 6-year-old Anaiz Perez added.

Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort general manager Kevin Stickleman said this season has been a merry one, with more snowfall than in past years.

"We're sitting on almost four feet of natural snowfall year-to-date. We've also had a really good opportunity with the cold temperatures to make quite a bit of man made snow to supplement that," Stickleman said.

With more snow comes more skiers and snowboarders, driving business up 15 percent over last year.

The resort will be open on Christmas Day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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