Ottawa has no outdoor skating rinks ready yet and there isn't a flake of snow on the ground but fans of winter have reason to rejoice: the ski season has finally arrived.

Mont Tremblant opened Thursday with 13 of its 96 trails in operation.

Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Que., opens Friday with one run ready. The ski centre will be open all weekend — on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camp Fortune will continue to make snow and open more runs as soon as possible. 

Both Mont Tremblant and Camp Fortune are using machine-made snow for now, but that will no doubt change soon.