A relatively warm and dry December has made for a slow start to the season for many Montana ski areas.

The Missoulian reports several ski hills across western Montana have only opened between 30% and 45% of their terrain.

Lookout Pass marketing director Matt Sawyer says it's not the typical start to a ski season for the mountain at the Idaho-Montana state line.

But he says the slopes are in pretty good condition and forecasters are calling for a few inches of fresh snow in the coming week.