Snowbird, Utah – A snow-filled cycle of early-season storms have dumped morethan 40 inches at Utah’s Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, allowing theyear-round resort to open eight days ahead of schedule.

Snowbird will open the Mid-Gad and Wilbere chairlifts on Friday, Nov. 10, at9 a.m. Tickets will be $25 with no half-days. Two children 12 and underski or ride the chairs free with each paying adult. The Tram is scheduledto open Saturday, Nov. 18.

“Not only is an early opening with great powder snow heaven for the locals,but it helps spread the word to our out-of-town guests who are still makingtheir winter vacation plans,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “Afterskiing the entire mountain, I can say the skiing and riding is phenomenalfor early November.”

A 43-inch accumulation at mid-mountain gets Snowbird, one of North America’stop-10 resorts according to SKIING Magazine, off to a strong start towardits annual average of 500 inches. In the same November magazine ranking,Snowbird was second in the country for powder and eighth for steeps.Snowbird’s 320 Mountain School instructors help skiers and snowboarders ofall abilities conquer Snowbird’s legendary powder and terrain.

Snowbird’s 29th opening is one of the earliest. New for 2000/01 season is33 percent more snowmaking, a speedier Tram thanks to a new, automated drivesystem, and renovations in the Lodge Club Bistro and Wildflower Restaurants.This year is the first full season for 500 new acres in Mineral Basin,scheduled to open around Thanksgiving.

Located just 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport in the heartof the Wasatch Mountains, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort is one of the mostaccessible all-season resorts in the world. Snowbird receives an averageannual snowfall of more than 500 inches and offers over 2,500 skiable acresof the Greatest Snow on Earth. Snowbird also offers a nationally recognizedmountain resort spa and award-winning conference facilities and restaurants.For more information about Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, contact FredRollins, frollins@snowbird.com, (801) 933-2047, or Dave Fields,dfields@snowbird.com, (801) 933-2041.