Updated:STEVENS PASS, Wash. —
Heavy snow falling in the Cascades means an early opening for local ski areas.
Stevens Pass ski area opened several lifts at midday on Tuesday. The resort usually doesn't open until Nov 29.
"Die hard skiers and snowboarders are here," wrote reporter Chris Legeros, who is covering the story for KIRO 7 Eyewitness News at 5. "And yes, people skipped school and work to be here!"
Crystal and Mount Baker are opening on Wednesday for the holiday weekend.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News crews found dozens of skiers hiking up in knee deep snow Monday to get a head start.