I don't know how early other resorts in California are opening, but Mammoth Mountain is set to open its lifts on November 7th at 8:00am.
Right now it looks to be a White Ribbon of Death kind of opening, with only one slope actually receiving snowmaking attention.
Check it out:
This one's actually kind of a cool pic:
And you can find my own, personal, independently written snow report on my website
Mammoth Mountain Snow Report | Mammoth Mountain
I do know that last year Mammoth Mountain had claim to fame because it had the most terrain open of any ski resort in North America. Hoping for more of the same this year, as I'm living there.
Let's see your White Ribbon of Death pics!!!
Are any other resorts doing this kind of thing?