Skiers and snowboarders across Southwest Montana had a chance to hit the trails today, as a few ski resorts opened their slopes for the first time of the season.
The discovery ski resort in Anaconda opened up its doors making today the beginning for their ski season.
With only about 10-12 inches of snow on the ground the resort only opened up 7 of its 70 trails, but skiers and snow boarders tell me 7 trails is better than none"
"It's better than none and I'm excited that Discovery is open it's our first day of the year, and it's just great to see everyone out there and skiing," said skier Brianna O’Mara.
One particular skiing veteran who has been coming to the resort for the last three decades says today may have been the best opening day so far.
"I think this is the best opening day we've ever had in the last 30 years, we have about a foot of snow out there and things are really looking good for opening day," added Todd Schmidt, a local resident.
Another skier told us she has been counting down the days since summer for the ski season to finally begin.
"We've been pretty excited about this for months and ever since I stopped working at my summer job I just started thinking about working here and I couldn't wait," said Maria Hollatz, a ski instructor.
NBC Montana talked with a few employees to see how they felt about being able to open up earlier than expected.
"We're excited about that we kind of feel like we have the upper hand to be open and offering everyone the winter season again," concluded Maggie Boland, the Marketing Director.