Skiers and snowboarders are frothing at the mouth with all of this El Niño hype, but really, we’ll take anything we can get with how bad the last couple seasons have been. Luckily, all those rain and snow dances seem to be paying off, for a recent early season storm that hit the Tahoe region just last week allowed a couple ski resorts to open a limited amount of runs. Looks like it’s officially time to bust out the gear! If you’re in need of new skis, boards, outerwear, or anything else you can take to the mountain, you’ll want to visit Snowbomb’s Ski and Snowboard Festival when it hits Cal Expo Nov. 14 and 15. Score up to 75 percent off of gear from top brands such as Burton, K2, Atomic, Rossignol and many more! General admission is free, but if you spring for either the “Powder Pass” ($25) or “VIP Pass” ($50) you’ll get plenty of perks like free lift tickets, wine/beer tasting and more. Visit Snowbomb.com/ski-board-festivals for more information and be sure to keep up those snow/rain prayers and dances! We’re ready for ya, El Niño, bring it on!