Ontario's ski hills began to open this past weekend. Snow Valley and Dagmar started up some of their lifts  Saturday, Nov. 22 with enthusiastic skiers and riders clamoring aboard.

Mid-November snowstorms laid down a good base for grooming, and powder almost knee deep fell on some of the slopes, including Snow Valley's Hard Knox. The early snowfall mixed with a good bout of snowmaking permitted the resorts to crank up some of their lifts for Saturday and Sunday skiing on limited terrain.

Snow Valley in Barrie plans to continue running its lifts on weekends only in to early December. The lifts will operate 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no night skiing. Adult lift tickets will cost $25, and junior tickets will sell for $20 until more runs open.   

Ski Dagmar also opened over the weekend with skiing on three lifts: Big Daddy, Little Momma, and the magic carpet. Lifts ran on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A spokesperson for Ski Dagmar told OnTheSnow.com that the opening was "a last minute thing" based on conditions and that the resort would plan their follow up schedule pending the weekend's visitation. Find the resort's early season schedule and ticket rates on their Web site.