FIRST SKI TURNS IN NORTH AMERICA
22nd September 2016
Several areas in Canada and the USA have seen snow and at Silverton Mountain in Colorado the ski patrollers have been making their first turns. See here for our report on snow falling across the Atlantic. UPDATED
As far as we know these are the first ski turns made in North America as the ski season approaches.
The Silverton Mountain ski patrollers fired up a lift on Saturday to head to the snow.
“Faceshots and baseshots TODAY 9-24-16 on the upper mountain! Some very eager Silverton Mountain ski patrollers could not resist the opportunity to jump on the chairlift today to make some turns on the upper mountain,” said a statement form the resort on Facebook.
“Of course the base is still building and coverage spotty, but the fun factor was off the charts. With a bit more snow the skiing will be a lot of fun. For the negative Nancy’s, yes the photos were from today and yes the snowpack is thin, but the enthusiasm for early skiing of the ski patrol can’t be tamed!!”
Photos c/o Justin Ebelheiser/Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain is the highest ski area in North America with a peak of 13,487 feet.
The resort is due to open to the public in early December.
And it’s also looking rather good in neighbouring Loveland in Colorado:
Further north in Canada up to 30cm has fallen in the resorts around Banff in the first significant fall in Canada.
There has been a few dustings on the mountain tops around Banff in recent days, but now it has fallen across the area.
“Banff & Lake Louise have had our first significant snowfall for the 16/17 season – and a decent fall it was too. We saw 30cms at Lake Louise alone with snow falling at all three resorts and in the town of Banff,” said Steve Pampel from Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine.
The weather closed in at the nearest resort, Mount Norquay.
While there were significant falls at Sunshine Village.
“Just thought I would send along a couple of pictures from this morning when I arrived at work. SNOW is here!! Winter is coming — won’t be long until we all get together and get to enjoy it out there,” said the Assistant director of the Sunshine Village Ski School, Colleen Collison.
And in nearby Lake Louise snow has been falling too.
Canada is on the rise with British skiers & snowboarders and some operators report that more people from the UK are now going to Canada than to Switzerland.
According to the ski tour operator, Inhams, the winter 2016/17 has seen steady growth for Whistler, Banff and Lake Louise.
Furthermore, Inghams is up year on year on its top performing North American resorts.
“It is great to see early snow in the Rockies and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to British Columbia will only pique interest in the area,” said Harvey Gahl, Group Head of Purchasing.
For details of the holidays offered in Canada by Inghams then see here.
Some snow has been falling elsewhere in Canada and in the USA.
Loveland and Arapahoe Basin have been testing their snow cannons before firing them up next month in the annual race to see who can open first.
Meanwhile Heavenly Mountain, California, had its first dusting of snow.
As we reported at the start of this article snow has reached parts of Colorado.
In Colorado, and elsewhere in the USA, there are visible autumnal colours signalling that #WinterIsComing.
Here at PlanetSKI we will update you later.
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