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MORE RESORTS OPEN IN CANADA & USA - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Monday November 5, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

The flakes are flying with more resorts firing up their lifts. Check out the latest as winter gets off to a cracking start across the pond. UPDATED


The three resorts of Banff opened on Friday as we reported below.

Here are the latest images as winter begins:

Sunshine Village, Banff, CanadaSunshine Village, Banff, Canada

Lake Louise, Banff, CanadaLake Louise, Banff, Canada

Mt Norquay, Banff, CanadaMt Norquay, Banff, Canada


We have reported (below) on the serious snowfall in Colorado, where six resorts are skiing.

Then the Banff resorts up in Canada had an epic opening on Friday with, guess what, a lot of snow.

And it's none too shabby in Revelstoke, British Columbia:

Further south in the USA there are 15 days to go until skiing in Wyoming's Jackson Hole, but it's looking more than ready for riding now.

The seson snowfall total stands at 1.5 metres...

Next door, just over the state border in Montana, Big Sky has seen over 80cm of snow this week.

Just over the border of Washington State in Canada's BC, Red Mountain is planning to open on 8th December.

If you haven't been, definitely get yourself there soon with its incredible off piste skiing (there are only 2 groomers and more freeriding than you could dream of...)

It's a remote snow haven and due to its location, a near to snow-sure option.

Red Mountain, British ColumbiaRed Mountain, British Columbia

Loveland in Colorado has taken more than 2m of snow so far this winter and skiing has been on for a week+.

Loveland ColoradoLoveland early season conditions - not bad...

Killington Ski Area on the East Coast has been skiing on the slopes for more than 20 days:

For a full East - West cover, let's see what the West Coast ski resorts of North America look like.

Mt Bachelor in Oregon is a little sparse but the snow cannons are on.

Likewise, Whistler just above on the south west point of Canada is patiently waiting for opening day on 22nd November.

At the base of Whistler in BC there's a recorded snow depth of 19cm and Mt Bachelor has received a little more than 30cm since 1st October.

Mt Bachelor in Oregon Mt Bachelor in Oregon waiting on the hard stuff


The latest resorts to open are those around Banff in Canada.

Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay are collectively the first resorts in Canada open for skiing seven days/week.

"With a week of cool temps and an early start to winter snowfall in the mountains, we've got a fantastic beginning to the 2018/19 ski season," said a statement from the resorts yesterday.

"We're so excited to get out and hit the slopes tomorrow, let the season begin!"

What's open?

Lake Louise Ski Resort - Glacier Express Chair + two small terrain parks

Mt. Norquay - Cascade Chair + mini jib park

Banff Sunshine Village - Wawa, Strawberry Express, Wolverine Express and Jackrabbit Chairs.

Here is Sunshine Village on the eve of opening.

Sunshine Village, BanffSunshine Village, Banff

And this morning:

And then later:

It was a similar scene in Lake Louise:

Head of the lift line in Lake LouiseHead of the lift line in Lake Louise

And in Mt Norquay?

Do check back later for more reports on the opening day...


Old Man Winter has arrived for good in the USA.

The much awaited snowstorm has delivered, especially in Colorado where two ski resorts are already open.

This week Breckenridge - now with more than 1.5m - opened on Wednesday 7th November.

BreckenridgeBreckenridge opens

BreckenridgeBreckenridge smiles on opening day

So did Keystone and Eldora Mountain also in Colorado.

Up to 1.5m of snow has fallen across Breckenridge and Keystone since mid-October, with up to 1.2m in the past week alone.

"This is the first time in nearly 10 years that either Breckenridge or Keystone will be opening early," said John Buhler, Breckenridge's vice president and chief operating officer.

The resorts were due to open on Friday, November 9th. It is the first time they have opened early in 10 years.

"It's been a snowy start to the season and it is official; the skiing and snowboarding season is here. We are thrilled to kick off the winter season this week and anticipate opening up a variety of terrain quickly at the resorts," added John Buhler.

And Grand Targhee in Wyoming has put up this teaser of Wednesday 7th:

Up in Canada winter is looking good with all the resorts around Banff opening today, Friday 9th November.

BanffBanff on 8th November

Whistler cannons are onWhistler cannons are on

Back in Colorado Loveland on 5th November took 28cm in 24hrs, 35cm in 48hrs and 45cm in 72hrs from the winter storm.

LovelandIt's powder in Loveland

LovelandLoveland on Sunday

Just across the way in Arapahoe Basin, 25cm new in the past 24 hours.

It's recorded 48cm new in the past 3 days.

LovelandEveryone is loving the snow in Loveland

Mammoth Mountain in California is counting down to open on Thursday 8th November:

Copper Mountain is due to open on 16th November, and in the last 48 hours it's taken 40cm.

Copper Mountain COCopper Mountain CO

Jackson Hole in Wyoming is on the 20 day countdown, but it's looking pretty special up there in the white room:

Jackson HoleJackson Hole Monday morning

Read our previous snow and ski reports from this autumn when the snow first fell in September:
And for what's going on in the European mountains:


Ok, we get it. Colorado and the mid-west have come into the white gold.

What about elsewhere in the US and Canada?

It's snowing in Montana's Big Sky and doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon.

Big SkyBig Sky

It has had 15cm of freshie and the guns are firing:

On the East Coast in Vermont, Killiington has swung its lifts and enjoyed some Winter 18/19 ski days.

It has a 30cm snow depth and has been skiing since 19th October.


Mount Snow in Vermont and Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire are open weekend for skiing.

As is Mt. Rose all the way over in the west, in Tahoe.

Up in Canada, Banff Sunshine Village and Lake Louise have announced the ski areas will open for Winter 18/19 on Friday 9th November.

BanffSunshine Village

Mt Norquay and Marmot Basin in Alberta will open this Friday too.

British Columbia's Whistler and Sun Peaks will wait another week to open up on 22nd and 17th November, respectively.

Big White will also wait until 22nd for opening, while Revelstoke and Kicking Horse hang on 'til December.

We'll keep up our snow binge here and next week draw up a list of opening dates as we take a step further into Winter 18/19.

Until then...

WhistlerWhistler mood

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