Snowboard and ski enthusiasts rejoice, two of Northern California's largest snow resorts will open for the season this week.
Both Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar California will opening on Friday, Nov. 18 for the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season.
Heavenly is going full bore from the start and will be open seven days a week until 4 p.m.
They will have traditional ski trails open, plus a full terrain park on Ante Up run that includes two jumps. You can also take a Gondola ride without skis for dinner or drinks at the Tamarack Lodge.
To kick things off, Heavenly officials say they will be a hosting Winter Ignite, a week long showcase of music, parties, and the areas best nightlife.
"There is so much cool stuff going on, we had to stretch the week into nine days to fit it all in," said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly's general manager.
Meanwhile things at Northstar will be a little more mellow. The resort will be open, but on limited terrain with only man made snow. The resort is offering discounted rates for customers that want to hit the snow early, and expects prices to rise as more terrain opens up.
Sierra at Tahoe will not be opening this week, and officials say that's because the 100% natural snow resort is waiting for heavier snowfall. It is expecting to open between Thanksgiving time and the first week of December.
All of the resorts are currently offering season passes, and will be updating their websites with the latest information on opening events, discounts, and added terrain.
The resorts are hoping for a second monster snow year and are putting those hopes in a weather system called La Nina.