The wait is over. The battles with rainy weather have been fought, the challenges with warm temps conquered and on the other side, eastern resorts have come out on top.

Thanks to some recent cool-headedness on Mother Nature's behalf, full-bore snowmaking efforts and even some real snow have managed to turn a number of ski areas throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic a more seasonal shade of white. The fresh snow on the ground has prompted a string of new openings for weekend warriors.

While condtions are still in their preseason state and beginner terrain is limited, there are miles of new turns to be carved and countless more smiles to be worn. With cold temps expected to linger, snowmakers will be taking advantage of every opportunity to increase base depth and pump out new layers of white for their daily visitors.

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Let it snow. Photo Courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Here's the list of new resorts that will be open and opening this weekend:

Friday, December 9:
Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV

Saturday, December 10:
Hunter Mountain, NY
Mount Snow, VT
Appalachian, NC
Cataloochee, NC -- TUBING ONLY
Hidden Valley, PA
Mont Blanc, Québec, CA
Le Massif, Québec, CA

Sunday, December 11:
Mount Sunapee, NH
Bromley Mountain, VT

More resorts across the region are expected to open within the week as snowmaking continues in full force. Enjoy.