Not exactly a destination I ever planned to check skis on an airplane for, but my wife's family is from North Dakota and we'll be around St. Paul, MN for a few days around New Years. She's a newbie skier and I'm an Epic holder so I figured what the hell, let's do it - could be a good place to get her some 1:1 lessons. That said, what - aside from crowds - should I expect at that time of the year? I see they have 100% snowmaking coverage, but don't know how aggressive they get in terms of opening terrain earlier in the season. Any advice would be appreciated.