Alberta’s Nakiska launched its ski season last weekend, complete with fresh early season snow on the slopes. The ski area plans to operate for weekend skiing and snowboarding until early December.

For this weekend, Nakiska plans to run two lifts—the Gold Chair Express for skiing and the Olympic Chair for uploading and downloading. The lifts will operate 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 27-28, 2012.

The Mapmaker and Big Bear runs opened last weekend with a mix of natural and machine-made snow. The runs are best for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, as no beginner slopes are available yet.

With the current limited terrain, lift tickets will be reduced in price this weekend. They will cost $40 for adults, $32 for seniors, $28 for youth, and $14 for children. Tickets are only valid for full day; no half-day tickets will be sold.

Conditions permitting, Nakiska will continue to be open for skiing and snowboarding on weekends during November. More terrain will be added as snowfall accumulates. Daily operations are scheduled to commence Dec. 1.

Last year, Nakiska introduced a new skier cross course. The resort plans to install the course again this year in time for the Ski Cross World Cup scheduled Dec. 6-8. Here’s a clip of the course last year during the Canadian Skier Cross National Training:

Nakiska iSki Cards are also on sale until Dec. 26. The cards, which cost $50, grant one free ski day and $10 off lift tickets at Nakiska. The cards also get $8 off lift tickets at Fernie, Kicking Horse, and Kimberley.

Find current information on Nakiska’s weekend operations here. You can purchase an iSki Nakiska card here.