LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

It was opening day at Mount La Crosse on Saturday.

The earliest start to its season in almost a decade.

Staff memebers say they've been making snow for a couple of weeks now and are hoping the early start will give them a long, successful ski and snowboard season, especially since the last few seasons have been tough because of less than ideal weather.

More than 200 people were at the park to take advantage of the fresh snow.

Currently only three out of the 19 runs are open.

And even though Saturday was a little warmer, park officials say it was a perfect  way to kick off the season.

"Opening day has been fantastic. We couldn't ask for better weather. We've got all this fresh snow out here we've been making for the last couple of weeks and sunshine is just a perfect opening day," said Mount La Crosse general manager Darcie Breidel.

For many guests, opening day is a chance to see some old friends while racing down the some of the best slopes in the Coulee Region.

"I love the people. I think it's such a great hometown hill. There are people that have worked here for a number of years that continue to come back and support the operations that are going on here and they do an excellent job every year," said La Crosse woman Kristin Swartz.

Staff will continue to make more snow throughout the week.

The park hopes to finish covering all the runs with snow by Christmas.