"This snow is a major boost for early season conditions at Whistler Blackcomb," says Stuart Rempel, Whistler Blackcomb's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "The conditions will be prime for the upcoming US Thanksgiving holiday and our official opening weekend." With so much new going on this year on the hill - the new Symphony Express Quad and the addition of heli-skiing operations to name just two - the early opening is a great way to kick things off. "I didn't think we'd get up there this quick," says local skier Duncan Small. "It's going to be a great year. I can't wait for Saturday."