The 2011/2012 ski and snowboard season will officially open this weekend. Officials at [R511R, Wolf Creek Ski Area]  announced Friday that the southern Colorado mountain will start turning the lifts on Saturday.

Three feet of snow put enough of the white stuff down to provide a solid depth and, for at least this weekend, get things rolling.

Tickets will be $33 for beginner, intermediate and even expert terrain—Alberta Face is expected to be open—served by three lifts. Seniors and children cost $19.

Wolf Creek Vice President Roseanne Pitcher told The Denver Post that the decision to stay open beyond this weekend will be made later. She said it’s the earliest opening for Wolf Creek on record.

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