Snowbird, Utah – With nearly two feet of new snow and good ski and snowboard conditions throughout the mountain, Snowbird announced it plans to open ahead of schedule. Snowbird will open the Tram and several chairlifts Friday, Nov. 22.

“I just skied the entire mountain and it’s in great shape for this time of year,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “We could open today if we had the staff.”

Snowbird opened eight days early on Nov. 10, 2000 and was hurtled into last year’s ski and snowboard season with a 100-inch storm that began on Thanksgiving Day.

Snow continues to fall at the Little Cottonwood Canyon resort that averages 500 inches per year.

Snowbird has received strong early season bookings thanks, in part, to extensive exposure from the Winter Olympics. With plans for three new terrain parks and a snow skate park on Chickadee combined with new $99 and $199 K-12 season passes, Snowbird has recorded strong season pass sales.

“Early snow is critical to a strong season,” said Bonar. “Early season snowfall is a great tool for getting skiers and snowboarders excited to book their vacations. Our 100-inch storm helped us throughout last season.”

Located 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort is North America’s most accessible year round resort. The second season for the Alta Snowbird day and season pass will feature a reduced price ($64/day down from $68) and a multi-day ticket.

For media information, contact Dave Fields at (801) 933-2041 or dfields@snowbird.com.