A winter storm has dropped up to nine inches of snow in Colorado, giving skiers and snowboarders a reason to be thankful after a stretch of warm weather.
Vail Mountain opened one run as the snow fell. More resorts around Colorado and other parts of the West plan to open some runs this Thanksgiving weekend with a combination of natural and man-made snow.
The storm only brought flurries to Utah but resorts still plan to open by Friday. Two of Lake Tahoe's resorts -- Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe -- plan to open on Saturday.