For those who were unable to make it to Mammoth Mountain for its opener Thursday, below is a video released today by the staff:
Conditions were the best for an opening day in years at the Eastern Sierra resort, thanks to early snow and cold temperatures favorable to spread machine-blown snow.
In fact, this could be an incredible Thanksgiving holiday weekend in a lot of places. The Lake Tahoe area and Colorado's Rocky Mountains also have received abundant early powder.
Even Southern California resorts are shaping up. Mountain High in Wrightwood opened Thursday and Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake will open Saturday. Barring a long and unseasonal heat wave, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be white just about everywhere with a chair lift.
-- Pete Thomas