SKIING -- Schweitzer Mountain Resort has joined the almost complete list of ski resorts that will be open during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Schweitzer officials said the resort will open for the season Friday at 9 a.m. and operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the holiday weekend.
Top-to-bottom skiing and riding is expected, including service on the Basin Express Quad, Great Escape Quad, Musical Carpet and Musical Chairs Double.
The Nordic trail network is also planned for opening day, with several trails expected to be groomed. The resort will be closed midweek following the holiday weekend, re-opening for the first weekend in December.
Schweitzer joins Lookout Pass, 49 Degrees North and Silver Mountain in announcing plans to be open for the weekend.
Mount Spokane is still planning a Dec. 4 opening at this time, although a Friday opener is possible if more snow falls.
However, the Mount Spokane Nordic trails are open and being groomed. Sno-Park permits are required.
Inundated with more than 41 inches of snow in the past seven days, Fernie Alpine Resort in British Columbia plans to open this weekend for skiing and snowboarding. An estimated 44 runs will be open and four chairlifts.