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Alaska ski resorts counting down to season openers (+PHOTOS)

A snowboarder enjoys the slopes at Moose Mountain in Fairbanks.
Courtesy Roger Evans
The snowy slopes of Moose Mountain ski area in Fairbanks.
Courtesy Roger Evans
Skiers and snowboarders load the bus for a ride to the top of Moose Mountain ski area in Fairbanks.
Courtesy Roger Evans
Snowmaking at Alyeska Resort, in preparation for their 2012-2013 season.
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Snow is falling at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.
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The new Ted lift at Alyeska Resort.
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The lift at Hilltop ski area has been operational almost as long as the ski area itself, which is celebrating its 30th season this year. November 9, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
Manmade snow dusts the slopes of Hilltop Ski Area in advance of its 30th ski season. November 9, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
The rental shop at Hilltop ski area is ready for its 30th season. November 9, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
Bryce Ehmann attaches a seat to one of the chairlifts at Hilltop Ski Area, in advance of it's 30th ski season. November 9, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
Bryce Ehmann works the slopes at Hilltop Ski Area, prepping the mountain for it's 30th ski season. November 9, 2012
Loren Holmes photo

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.