While some of us wish winter would hold off a bit longer, plenty of Minnesotans are stoked to see snow in October – especially skiers and snowboarders.
Ski areas like Hyland Hills and Afton Alps have been posting videos of snowfall on the slopes over the weekend, prompting anxious snow bunnies to demand, "Fire up the magic snow-making machines!"
Apparently the crew at Wild Mountain could wait no longer. They've been running the snow guns and laying down a base since Thursday, and thanks to help from Mother Nature, some of the hills are good to go already.
"It's official! We are opening today," Wild Mountain announced on Facebook Sunday morning.
The Taylors Falls ski and snowboard area opened at 10 a.m., with plans to operate until about 5 p.m.
Two tow-ropes and the terrain park were open to skiers and snowboarders, at a cost of $20 for the day.
Snow-making temps ahead
We could see other ski areas opening up soon as we head into a chilly week with some good snow-making temperatures.
The National Weather Service says temps will remain below normal through the week, with lows on Monday night and Tuesday night falling to the mid 20s in the Twin Cities.
There are several chances for light rain and/or snow, the NWS says, but nothing major.