PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ski season is underway in Maine with eight ski areas now open in the state.

Six areas open this weekend, joining two others, Sunday River and Sugarloaf, which have had skiing since November.

Bigrock in Mars Hill, Hermon Mountain in Herman, Lonesome Pine Trains in Fort Kent, Mt. Abram in Greenwood, Shawnee Peak in Bridgton and Titcomb Mountain in West Farmington all open this weekend.

The Ski Maine Association says that November in Maine was colder than it's been in decades, allowing many ski areas to open early. It says it expects that nearly all ski areas will be open by Dec. 21, the first official day of winter.