Increased snowmaking combined with fresh snowfall aided Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort in opening. Beginners can get on the slopes to learn to ski with a series of three lessons.

Opening day at Las Vegas came before the end of November when the ski resort fired up three chairlifts and a surface lift. The resort deemed it as "one of the best openings in years." The Darkside Terrain Park also opened for the season with more than 10 features, and skier services started up for the season, including lessons.

The resort is offering their Easy As 1, 2, 3, 4 lesson program for beginners to get on the slopes. It is available for those 8 years and older who want to learn to ski or snowboard.

The package includes an all day beginner lift ticket on Chair 3, equipment rental, and a group lesson. The first day's lesson introduces participants to the first time on snow while the lessons for the second and third day climb up the learning progression. Lessons may be taken on consecutive days or spread throughout the season.

The first day's lesson package costs $80 while the second day's package costs $60. The third day's package is  $40, and the last day is free. Clothing rentals are available at an additional cost. Lessons are available at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.; however, participants should arrive an hour in advance to have time to get rentals.

The daily ski bus also started up for the season. It picks up and drops off passengers at Town Square, Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino, and an additional stop at University of Nevada Las Vegas on Fridays. The ski bus costs $20 round trip. Reservations can be made online.

More information: lessons, 702-385-2754; ski bus, 702-645-6053.