VERNON - While for most, the 20 inches of snow that fell across New Jersey was an aggravation, others say it was a late Christmas gift.

Skiers and snowboarders at the Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon are taking advantage of the inches to get some early season practice on the slopes.

Resort officials say that while they were able to make snow and open on Dec. 11, nothing beats the real thing.

While many continue digging out and complaining about snowplows, for those who enjoy the rush, the snow is allowing them to enjoy the slopes just a little bit more.