SALT LAKE CITY -- Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon will become the first of Utah's ski resorts to open for the upcoming winter season on Friday.
Solitude vice president of mountain operations Henry Hornberger says recent winter storms have allowed the resort to run their snowmaking system for the last few days.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the resort will open three lifts on Friday.
Solitude was originally scheduled to open on Nov. 14, before any of Utah's other ski resorts.
Nathan Rafferty, president of the resort marketing firm Ski Utah, says anytime a resort opens early it helps fuel state's $1.4 billion ski industry.