Quick, make up an excuse for why you won’t be coming into work.

Arapahoe Basin will become the first ski resort to open in North America when its Black Mountain Express Lift starts up at 9 a.m. Friday.

Sure, the only run that will be open in High Noon, but that’s better than nothing.

A-Basin says there is 18 inches of snow at the base.

Crews have been working hard to make snow and groom the run since the beginning of October. Loveland, another Colorado perennial early-opener, is also working on getting the season started in the coming days.

Though for true powderheads it may be priceless, if you’re wondering exactly how much it will cost to ride the same run over and over, here’s the answer: single-day lift tickets are $76 for adults, $64 for youth (ages 15-18) and $38 for kids.

Your Epic, Epic Local, Summit Value and Keystone/A-Basin passes will also work starting on opening day.

From now on, A-Basin says it plans to stay open seven days a week until it closes in early June, so keep those sick day excuses handy.