The fresh snow that has fallen on Southwest Montana over the past couple of weeks has put smiles on both skiers & boarders; and ski area operators alike. The early season openings have not just benefited Big Sky, Moonlight, and Bridger; but ski areas across the state.

A snowstorm prior to Thanksgiving followed by frigid single-digit and sub-zero temperatures ushered in the ski and snowboard season in Montana. Accumulating natural snow caused several resorts to open for the holidays to the delight of skiers and snowboarders anxiously eyeing the slopes.

Memories of several consecutive winters of scant early season snow faded fast with what Big Sky Resort touted as "the best conditions in 10 years." Thanksgiving Day saw the lifts start turning for the season at Big Sky.

via Several Montana Ski Areas Enjoyed Thanksgiving Opening - OnTheSnow.