Fernie Alpine Resort and Red Mountain, which string along the same latitude in British Columbia just north of the U.S. border, plan to open this weekend. Local skiers at both resorts are chomping to get into glades that have become overgrown and difficult to navigate in recent years.

Energy around Red Mountain is on an upswing. The resort, which aims to open Dec. 5, plans to keep lifts open longer this year for more skiing and riding. Regular lift hours will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but as the days get longer after the winter solstice, the resort plans to move last chair later and later in the day.

"We're excited here at Red," communications manager Lara Wiseman told OnTheSnow.com. "This winter will have some of the best skiing and riding that Red has ever seen." Wiseman referred to eight months of extensive brushing and grooming on the slopes to enhance the tree skiing in five different areas and make the zones skiable earlier in the season. "The crews were some of the biggest we've had here in 20 years," she added. "The alder grows up avidly here, and they cut down lots of that."

Fernie Alpine Resort brought on their "Bush Eater" crew to prune the brush taking over some of their slopes. The crew cleaned up KC Chutes, Cedar Ridge, Currie Glades, and Stagleap. Locals, who are anxious to run the new lines the Bush Eaters cut through Mitchy Chutes, look forward to opening day Dec. 6.

"Snow runs in the blood of our staff," Vice President of Development Matt Mosteller wrote to OnTheSnow.com. "They are as excited about this winter as a golden retriever puppy scouring the counter for food."