The winter ski and snowboard season is off to a promising start with many resorts making snow or planning to make snow in the coming days to add to the amount that has naturally fallen. Many resorts have nearly a foot of snow at upper elevations, multiple inches at mid-mountain and several inches, if not more, at the lodge level. According to Vail Resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort began making snow – signaling that the Lake Tahoe snowsports season is just days away if temperatures continue to cooperate. The West Coast’s largest snowmaking system, combined with recent storms that have dropped another five inches of new snow on Heavenly’s slopes, gives the resort’s guests confidence that they will be skiing and riding on the best snow surfaces in Tahoe on Heavenly’s opening day, scheduled for Friday, November 21. And in the Colorado Rockies, a winter storm brought cold temperatures and fresh snow to the ski resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone starting on Tuesday evening and continuing into Thursday morning. Mother Nature’s timing was perfect for the Friday (Nov. 7) ski season kickoff at Breckenridge and Keystone, followed by Vail’s opening on Nov. 21 and Beaver Creek’s opening on Nov. 26. In Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Ski Resort received new snow earlier this week and fired up their snowmaking system in preparation for their Nov. 21 opening day. For the steepest savings on your ski vacation, experts recommend booking now to take advantage of the early-bird deals and promotions. Visit www.snow.com for information about a free holiday night deal or the $579 Epic Season Pass for unlimited skiing at six resorts.