Dodge Ridge received almost two feet of snow in last week's storm and that's enough to allow the opening of ski season this week.
Last season, Dodge Ridge couldn't open until February and lack of snow forced it to shut down after 31 days.
Sean Waterman of Dodge Ridge says opening ahead of the holiday season is the best Christmas present they could have hoped for.
"Well Christmas is always bread and butter time period for ski industry, always like to have a busy Christmas week, it starts the season out strong and helps carry us through the rest of the season."
Tuolumne County this year suffered through the drought and the Rim Fire.
Waterman says the early snow means about 300 full and part time employees will be back to work at Dodge Ridge which is one of the county's largest private employers.