Two more Wyoming resorts opened over Thanksgiving weekend. [R495R, White Pine Resort] relied solely on natural snow while Big Horn turned on their new snowmaking system. 

White Pine Resort outside Pinedale sits at a high elevation-8,400 feet - adjacent to the Continental Divide. That's only the base. Its summit tops out at 9,500 feet, permitting an early covering of all-natural snow for the family ski hill. 

Just enough snow fell in November to kick open the resort. The slopes are known for having no lift lines on the two triple chairs and one tow, and its 25 runs covering 370 acres are never crowded.

Lift tickets run $36 for full days and $25 for half days. Beginners riding the Little Spirit lift only pay only $14. 

Big Horn Ski Resort in Buffalo started its season, too, over the Thanksgiving holidays, aided by its newly improved snowmaking system. Its elevation between 8,300 and 9,400 feet brought cold temperatures to blow snow about half of the 160-acre ski hill. 

The resort opens Fridays through Sundays, plus national holidays. It also runs its lifts daily throughout winter school breaks. Full day adult lift tickets cost $40; students with ID can buy tickets for $35 and kids under 16 can purchase tickets for $30. Half days knock $5 off those rates. Kids under 10 ski free.