Mt. Charleston, Nev. -- The snow on Mt. Charleston is being welcomed by many people in southern Nevada and many are taking advantage of it.
Only vehicles with four-wheel drive or chains are allowed on the way up. Trucks are out plowing the road.
At the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, 13 inches of snow accumulated before noon Friday. The resort is set to open on Nov. 29.
The president and general manager say they would need 20 inches of snow, and then one to three days to prepare for an early opening.
"Our phones are ringing off the hook. Social media is off the hook right now. We have huge volumes of people right now just chomping at the bit for us to get open, and they are all asking, 'when are you opening?' 'Why aren't you opening early?' We're trying. We want to open early more than anyone else out there," Kevin Stickelman with the resort said.
He also says the snow that fell is the right kind of snow, not too powdery but perfect for a base.
Even though people couldn't ski or snowboard at the resort, families enjoyed the mountain snow in other ways.
A couple brought their 2-year-old grandson who is seeing this much snow for the first time.
"It is great because you don't get to see it down in the city until you come up here and then you come up here and it is raining there now and it is about two feet of snow up here just 45 minutes away," Mt. Charleston visitor Larry Smith said.
Callen Smith just wanted to throw snowballs.
A 58-year-old woman from El Salvador was also on the mountain Friday, seeing snow for the first time in her life.
"She has never seen the snow, only in movies, only in TV. So, she is really, really excited!" Ivette Castellanos said, "It is very special, because she was crying on the way up."
The winter weather advisory for the Spring Mountains and the Sheep Range will be in place until 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
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