Ladies and gentleman, start your skis and boards. With Big Sky scheduled to open on Thursday, Bridger Bowl has decided to join the snow party early. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Originally projected to open for the season on Friday, December 10, the ski area, 16 miles northeast of Bozeman, Montana, will open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 26, 27 and 28. Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with all chair lifts except Schlasman’s scheduled to operate.