An early snowfall at higher elevations, followed by perfect conditions for snowmaking, means the ski resort can open Whistler Mountain five days ahead of schedule — with five lifts running.
"Our snowmaking team … has converted over 60 million gallons of water into snow over the past few weeks,” Doug MacFarlane, Director of Mountain Operations at Whistler Blackcomb said in a statement.
"And with more natural snow in the forecast for later this week, it should be a fun opening weekend."
Ski rentals and ski school will both be open, as will the Whistler Village and Creekside gondolas.
Blackcomb Mountain will open, as originally scheduled, on Nov. 27.