While the rest of the country hit the shops on Black Friday, in western New York, it was definitely white.
Ski and ride areas like Holiday Valley and Kissing Bridge, both near Buffalo, and Bristol Mountain, outside Rochester, regaled in the early arrival of winter, thus jump starting the new season.
"The weather was hard to ignore and everyone was getting so excited," Holiday Valley's Kristen Sciara told SnoCountry.com. "Once we knew Friday was going to be the opening day, our guests and employees were ready. We had customers come from all over our region. There were folks lined up at the chairlift by 6:15 a.m."
The area benefitted from natural snow, snowmaking and the lake effect snow machine off Lake Ontario. The combination enabled the region to offer on-snow fun in November for the first time in six years, according to the Buffalo News.
"We had over 18 inches of snow over the last week, and with our automated snowmaking system we opened with great coverage and a lot of terrain," Sciara said. A total of 17 trails and four lifts running above packed powder made for a strong opening day.