Big news for southwest Montana skiers- Discovery Ski Area officially set its opening date for Saturday, December 14.
The front side will open for skiing and snowboarding on the 14 and 15. The weekend after that, ski area managers will run three lifts aimed at beginners and intermediate skiers- the Jubilee Chairlift, Easy Chair and the Totemoff Magic Carpet.
But Discovery workers said they plan to open other runs if conditions allow.
When it comes to other ski areas in southwest Montana- Bridger Bowl opens over a week earlier.
Skiers can start hitting the slopes Friday at 9 am. Representatives with the ski area said their two new lifts are ready to go and will be running.
However, Schlasman's Lift will not be open yet- Bridger Bowl is not sure when they'll get that one going.
Meanwhile, Maverick Mountain in the Pioneer Mountains is set to open for the season on Saturday, conditions permitting.
Over on the Idaho-Montana border northwest of Dillon, skiers and snowboarders turned out to brave chilly, -12 degree weather for Thursday's opening day at Lost Trail Powder Mountain.
A 53 inch accumulated snow base probably helped- that's the deepest the mountain's had in at least 10 years.
Lost Trail's celebrating its 75 anniversary this year.