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Olympian and Rigby native hits the slopes in Ririe

Published On: Feb 17 2014 07:35:53 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 17 2014 07:36:29 PM CST

Olympian and Rigby Native Jessika Jenson hits the slopes at the Kelly Canyon Ski Resort.

RIRIE, Idaho -

President's Day weekend is one of the most popular times of the year to ski and snowboard. Many of the resorts in southeast Idaho and western Wyoming Monday saw an increase in the number of visitors this holiday weekend. Grand Targhee resort said Monday was busier than normal and they predict crowds will continue through the week. Pebble Creek said it had a 70 percent increase in visitors Monday compared to President's Day last year.

Slopestyle Olympian and Rigby Native Jessika Jenson even hit the slopes at the Kelly Canyon Ski Resort in Ririe, which also saw more visitors. The resort is a popular destination for locals.

"We didn't have any school today and I really wanted to go snow boarding so I came here with my family," said Tess Bodily of Idaho Falls.  

"We just wanted to come here because we knew it was going to be a good day. It has been fun hitting the slopes," said Devory Stofey and Cierra Dansie of Rigby.  

Todd Martin is the assitant mountain manager at Kelly Canyon and said the resort has never been so busy.

"We have got great snow and lots of families are up here. The roads are clear, the sun is shining and it's cheap," he said.

He said one reason the resort is booming with business is because of Jenson's popularity.

"This is where I grew up riding and so it's just fun coming back and riding with all the other kids and seeing how passionate they are about skiing and snow boarding," Jenson said.       

The Olympian used to work at the ski resort and frequently snowboards there.

"I would work for like an hour, pay for my gas up the hill and just snow board for the rest of the time," she said.

Jenson returned from Sochi, Russia over the weekend. She was welcomed home with a party at Kelly Canyon Saturday night. She did not receive a medal during the 2014 Olympic Games, but Jenson said she wants to compete in the Olympics again and get a gold medal.