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SNOWTOBER! - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday October 3, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Ski resorts in the US and Canada got a big dump of the white stuff as October gets under way. It's looking good. UPDATED


We've put together a few photos to whet your appetite for the season ahead.

It's only October but we hope the wintry scenes are a sign of what awaits us in the northern hemisphere.

It's being dubbed #snoctober by Twitter users, but we prefer #snowtober.

The latest image we have comes from Lake Louise in Canada and was taken by local photographer, Chris Mosely.

Lake Louise, CanadaLake Louise, Canada















And here's the scene in nearby Banff.

Earlier we were sent this one of Mount Moran near the ski resort of Jackson Hole in Wyoming covered by a fresh coat of snow.

. Mount MoranMount Moran














Turns have already been put in at a few ski areas in the US after September snowfall, and the cannons have been switched on, but the latest storm is causing more excitement, especially in Colorado which has seen some of the biggest falls.


Steamboat in Colorado reported 17 inches of snow overnight Sunday into Monday.

The webcam at the top of Sunshine Peak on Monday afternoon showed a total of about 20 inches.

Steamboat - 2nd OctoberSteamboat - 2nd October













And here's a timelapse of that snow falling:

"Right now we're happy," a spokeswoman for the ski area, Loryn Kasten said.

"We're excited to get the snow message out."

The storm caused some problems, with the snow bringing tree branches down onto electricity cables leading to power cuts for some locals.

Temperatures below the seasonal average were expected to persist into Wednesday.

The resort posted this mouth-watering video on Tuesday 3rd October:

And Breckenridge, Colorado is looking great too:

Breckenridge - 2nd October Breckenridge - 2nd October
















BreckenridgeBreckenridge - 3rd October

Aspen, Colorado sporting the contrasting colours of autumn and winter in one stunning video below, posted on 4th October.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, which aims to be the first ski area in the state to open each year, posted the photo below on Facebook with the message:

This is what we do when we get 16 inches of snow in 24 hours (19 inches in the last 2 days!) and the power's out on the mountain.☃️ #SnowDay #ABasin #COwx

Arapahoe BasinArapahoe Basin  - 2nd October


















And a day later......

Arapahoe Basin has been the first to open in Colorado every season since 2011-12 (tying with Loveland in 2015).

Last season it opened on 21st October.

So will it be beaten in 2017?

It could be a close thing.

Loveland reported 14 inches of snow on Monday:

LovelandLoveland - 2nd October - photo Dustin Schaefer















LovelandLoveland - 3rd October - photo Dustin Schaefer













And Winter Park is looking good, reporting nearly 10 inches:

Winter ParkWinter Park - 2nd October - photo Jennireneeg




















There's been some snow over the border in Canada, too, with storms causing power cuts and difficulties for travellers in Alberta.

This weather gif was posted on 2nd October giving an indication of the tempest over 60 hours.



Sunshine Village 2nd OctoberSunshine Village -  2nd October













Banff Sunshine Village posted the image above with the message:

View from the top! Not long before our Trail Crew start setting up the fences and farming the white stuff!

Here's a video of the storm east of Chestermere near Calgary posted on Twitter by Beth Allan (@adolwyn):

Snow has been falling around Banff in Canada.

And the scale of the fiorest fires that burnt in the area over the summer is being assessed.

We reported from Banff on the fires during the summer.

The total burn area of the Verdant Creek fire was about 18,000 hectares dwarfing the 918 hectare tenure of @sunshinevillage (photo on Instagram by @f4fullframe ) #sunshinevillage #banff #canadianrockies #mybanff

Sunshine Village showing burnt out landscape from Verdant Creek fire Sunshine Village - showing burnt out landscape from Verdant Creek fire

















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