Wild-Mountain-getting-ready-to-open-Facebook Opening morning the Midwest dawns. (Wild Mountain Facebook)

Are your skis and snowboards ready? Ski season is open in the Heartland. Minnesota’s Wild Mountain, located in a river valley east of the Twin Cities, opened for their winter season today.

The ski area has had the distinction of being the first area in the Midwest to open for several years running, and was even the first ski area in the nation to open on two occasions; October 7, 2012 and October 18, 1992. Last year they opened October 29.

Wild Mountain skiers and riders enjoying opening day. (Wild Mountain/Facebook)

Plans call for the Front Stage terrain park to be open with rails, boxes and two rope tows. Wild plans to remain open until 5 p.m.

“It’s exciting to be able to open in October again. This is the second October in a row being able to open. We had a few years prior to that where we didn’t get open until early November, but the 28 years prior to that we always opened in October. It’s good to be back on schedule,” laughed Amy Frischmon, Wild’s vice president.  

 Wild's guns and hoses crew laying down the snow. (Wild Mountain/Facebook)

“People in the area really do get excited for opening day. It’s a fun time of the year and one they look forward to. People will start texting me as soon as they hear it’s a possibility to see if it’s really going to happen” she, added.

She advised calling ahead to check on conditions this time of year. Plans tentatively call for the ski area to remain open this coming week, Monday-Friday 4-9 p.m., next Saturday 10 a.m.-5p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Lift tickets are currently $25. When fully open Wild offers 26 trails, including the double-black Wall and an easy trail from top of the Mountain, four terrain parks, and eight lifts including four quads.

Wild Mountain is always the first to open in the Heartland. (Wild Mountain/Facebook)

Wild, normally fully open by Thanksgiving Weekend, will be hosting the ski area’s annual Thanksgiving Race Camp over the holidays.