It will be a week sooner than projected, but Mammoth Mountain will open on Nov. 5.

The ski season at Mammoth Mountain in California is beginning this weekend, a week earlier than anticipated, despite the fact that the leaves are still falling.

On November 5, the mountain’s slopes will be formally opened for skiing. It is located east of San Francisco and just south of Yosemite National Park.

On Nov. 11, the mountain had originally anticipated welcoming visitors, but a snowfall allowed it to shift that date earlier.

Mammoth Mountain will open for the season a week earlier than usual this Saturday, November 5, thanks to the efforts of the operations team and a little extra help from Mother Nature in the shape of chilly temperatures and 8 inches of fresh snow. As long as the weather permits, snowmaking will go on constantly.

The mountain anticipates operating two to three lifts with access to just two or three courses and a tiny Unbound Terrain Park on opening day. There won’t be any introductory terrain accessible at first.

A second “big storm” is predicted for Sunday through the beginning of the next week, so things are looking good for the following week.

6 to 11 inches of snow are anticipated to fall in the area on Sunday, followed by another 10 to 16 inches on Monday and 11 to 17 inches on Tuesday.

Mammoth Mountain has opened early before. Due to yet another avalanche of brand-new snow, the ski resort opened last year in October.

Mammoth Mountain is located on the Ikon Pass, which presently connects more than 50 locations.

A number of Ikon Pass resorts, including Banff Sunshine in Canada, which opened on Thursday, and Winter Park in Colorado, which opened on Monday, have also opened for the current ski season in addition to Mammoth.