Winter is upon us, to the delight of many and the disdain of others. On Thursday, the Yukon River froze over near Eagle in the Interior, and an ice storm earlier this week in the Bristol Bay region briefly delayed some local schools.

Full story: Alaska early winter ski and snowboard roundup

But with winter in Alaska comes winter sports, and that means snow, which means alpine skiing and snowboarding. For Alaska's brigade of downhill enthusiasts, the opening can't come soon enough. A couple of ski spots are looking to open this weekend, despite the relatively light snowfall around the state.