Thanks to a little help from mother nature and plenty of snowmaking, Heavenly Mountain Resort will be the third California resort to open for the 2013/2014 season, joining Mammoth and Boreal. Squaw Valley is set to start spinning their wheels on Wednesday, Nov. 27th. Mt Rose, Northstar and Kirkwood resorts are waiting for more snowfall and have decided postpone their start dates.

Take advantage of Heavenly's extensive snowmaking system and enjoy some of the best early season conditions around the west coast for cheap with their buy one, get one lodging special. The deal is good as several different lodges near the resort and is valid until Dec. 19th. 

On Dec. 2nd and 3rd, Sports Basement in San Francisco, CA and Expedition: Kirkwood will host two days of avalanche awareness clinics. Attendees will receive discounts on Kirkwood's E:K Program and lift tickets, as well as gain knowledge of back/sidecountry safety. 

Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area, which is set to open Dec. 13 (weather permitting), is offering season passes for just $149 for adults with zero blackout dates, free unheated cabin lodging and more.