China Peak will have lift service to the top of the mountain for the first time this season Saturday, and the ski resort at Huntington Lake plans to run daily operations after that.
After last week's storms left 2-3 feet of snow at the top of the mountain at 8,700 feet, China Peak operators made enough snow this week to allow riders to reach the lodge and beginner area at 7,000 feet, which had not gotten much snow.
Chairs 1 and 6 will be open at 9 a.m. Saturday, according to China Peak's website, with more terrain potentially opening later in the weekend.
In addition, Saturday is Jack Pieroni Demo Day, sponsored by Herb Bauer Sporting Goods in Fresno.
Conditions are expected to be "good to average, with some marginal areas developing during the day."
The ski resort also reminded: "As always early season, ski and ride with care, watch for both marked and unmarked obstacles, stay on open runs only!"