Ski mountain employees across KOTA Territory are starting to prep their runs and sell season passes for a winter that has already started.
Thursday was the last day for snow lovers to purchase pre-season passes from Terry Peak.
Tom Marsing, Terry Peak general manager, says so far it looks like the same number of people are buying these discounted tickets as last year.
Marsing says 60% of their season passes are sold during this discount month, with people calling in for passes or ordering online.
He says the early snow has helped the mountain, with more runs to be open early in the season than last year. "Last year at this time the hill was just brown, it was just dirt. This year we've got some of the runs have two to three feet of snow on them," said Marsing.
Even though some of the runs have plenty of snow, the top of the mountain does not. That is were Marsing says snow-making is being concentrated.