Skiers and snowboarders from Santa Fe and beyond lined up Thursday morning to become the first of the season to shred the runs at Ski Santa Fe.

Hitting the slopes for the resort’s Thanksgiving Day opening is an annual tradition for Santa Fe resident Leslie Medahl, 80, and her 83-year-old husband. They’ve been doing it for 25 years.

“Muscle memory is a wonderful thing,” she said, waiting outside a building for her husband.

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Marissa Kline, left, of Albuquerque and Jacob Gallette of Los Alamos strap on their boards Thursday at Ski Santa Fe.



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A snowboarder leaps Thursday at Ski Santa Fe during opening day.

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Liz Clow of Pecos warms her feet near the fire at Totemoff's at Ski Santa Fe on opening day Thursday.

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