Utah's ski resort season opens Friday when Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon cranks up three lifts to get the 2013-14 campaign going a little earlier than planned.
"We started testing our snowmaking system to see if it was working during the last cold spell and it just kept staying cold enough to get four good nights," said Henry Hornberger, vice president of mountain operations at Solitude Mountain Resort. "This latest storm cycle has allowed us to run snowmaking around the clock for the last few days."
Solitude was slated to open Nov. 14, the earliest scheduled opening of the Utah resorts. The resort will offer a special opening weekend price of $39 for adults and $24 for children to access three lifts (all out of the Moonbeam base area) and four groomed runs.