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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Okemo

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"He said, 'Maybe you should be a snowboarder, Dad,'" said Chris Landon of Surry, N.H.

Landon listened to his son, Max, and decided to go for it.

"So February of last year we both started in earnest, and I've been chasing him around the mountain since," Chris Landon said.

With the boarding bug in full swing this season, these guys know what they like.

"If there's rock one day and you get a bunch of snow, I just like going in the new snow," Max Landon said.

Like many folks who venture to the mountain, Chris and Max look for powder. However, this young winter season hasn't produced too much in the way of natural snow just yet. Thankfully, Okemo has some tricks up their sleeve to keep surfaces soft and edgeable.

"We kind of move our guns around to where we need them to be," said Bonnie MacPherson of Okemo. "And our whole process of grooming is about mountain tilling and then passing over; we groom every single trail twice at night."

And the added effort shows.

"One out of 10-- 9.5 to 10. It was that good... packed powder, the grooming was spectacular," said Linda Seder of Ludlow.

"Packed machine-made powder, with some regular snow mixed in, because they picked up two or three inches," said Richard Davis of Brownsville.

Chris and Max like the conditions, too.

"The groomers did a nice job," Chris said.

This is just one of many days that these guys will be on the mountain this season.

"We're shooting for 100. It's a nice round number. So far, we're on pace. Max has got 31 and I'm at 27," Chris said.

In order to reach their goal, the Landons had to make some serious changes; Max is now home-schooled.

Reporter Nick Borelli: And this was all so you could get your boarding days in, right?

Chris Landon: (laughs) Yes, it is!

While some resorts like Okemo are making their own snowstorm, a bigger storm could be on the way from Mother Nature by this weekend, and some folks are very happy about it.

"Tell you what, we'll be up early and we'll be close to the first chair as we possibly can," Chris Landon said.

And others would consider it an early gift from the big guy who rides around in a sleigh.

"You know the only thing I want for Christmas? A snowstorm!" Davis said.

Something that many of us are anxiously waiting for.

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