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It's 'Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month' in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON (WVVA) - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants more people to hit the slopes this winter.

Tomblin joined ski industry reps to declare January ‘Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.'

This season has been a mixed bag for West Virginia resorts.

Snowshow Mountain opened early after Superstorm Sandy dumped nearly 28 inches of snow there.

But Winterplace, Timberline and Canaan Valley resorts didn't open until late December.

And Oglebay Resort opened even later on New Year's Eve.

Still -- industry officials say ski visits are up so far compared to last year.

West Virginia resorts sell more than 800,000 lift tickets each year.

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