Half-price lift tickets offered.

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Call it a lucky omen for what’s forecast to be another low-snow winter: In the region’s first public ski-hill opening of the season, British Columbia’s Big White Ski Resort announced it will start running lifts on Friday the 13th, with half-price lift tickets.

The resort, near Kelowna in Central B.C., will open at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, nearly two weeks earlier than originally expected. This date marks the earliest the resort has opened since the 2001/2002 season.

With a cumulative snowfall of 35 inches to date this season, Big White is one of the top resorts for snowfall in British Columbia and Alberta, according to a recent report from the SnowSeekers website.

Expected to operate are the Ridge Rocket Express Quad chair, the Plaza Quad chair and Lara’s Gondola. Runs include Highway 33, Serwa’s, Easy Out, Easy Street and Hummingbird. Lift tickets will be half off retail (normal one-day adult ticket: $87 Cdn. plus tax) and available at the Village Centre Mall ticket office, the Ridge Day Lodge and Happy Valley Day Lodge.

Also in B.C., Sun Peaks Resort opened to ski teams Monday, Nov. 9, for training, making it the first to provide skiing on its alpine slopes this season. Sun Peaks plans to open for public skiing on Saturday, Nov. 21.