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Patrolling the Slopes on Frigid Opening Weekend

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Some fans of snow sports take to the local ski resort on its opening weekend and an outstanding ski patrol is put to action right away.

Huff Hills, south of Mandan is officially open for the '13-'14 season.

Whether you're new on skis or not, you can take comfort in the fact that some experienced skiers are keeping their eye on you.

More than 40 volunteers make up the Ski Patrol team.

Saturday, they were put to the test, helping two people down the hill who had fallen and broken their collar bones in separate incidents.

It can be a challenge, transporting an injured person down the hill on a toboggan, but the ski patrol team is trained, experienced and ready to help.

"The idea of coming out and helping and assisting others is just something you do, and I think more importantly, there's a great reward, and that reward is that as you learn to patrol you grow and with friendship with people and of course the camaraderie you get with that, I think is more than enough reward." says Dan Schaefer, Ski Patrol.

The ski patrol members have decades of experience under their belt and they recently won the national "Outstanding Small Alpine Ski Patrol" award.

The team received a traveling trophy for their efforts.

You can also see the ski patrol's many accomplishments hanging inside the Huff Hills lodge.

Some snowboarders are so dedicated that even the coldest temperatures don't stop them from doing what they love.

Huff Hills opened Saturday, a day when the high was only around negative four degrees.

They closed early because of some issues with the cold, but Sunday, skiers and snowboarders could go up the lifts and down the slopes as much as they wanted.

We talked with one boarder who was out here for hours this weekend.

He explained the trick behind staying warm.

"Lots of layers..."

"For my legs I've got my thermals, then I have my pants, then I underneath I usually wear a shirt thermal, long sleeves with a t-shirt, a jacket over that, and then my coat." says Isaiah Spitzer, Mandan

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