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AMERICA IS CALLING - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Monday November 5, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

There have been historic autumn snowfalls with many resorts opening early in the US and Canada. We've been tracking the snow. UPDATED




Celebrations as winter is on - full on - in North America.

A storm is coming to the West coast (where winter has been running behind the other major ski states) that could drop half a metre on resorts like Squaw Valley and Heavenly.

Mt Bachelor in Oregon is even planning on opening early if it received the forecast of potentially 60cm.

Whistler in the south-west corner of Canada will hopefully benefit from the snow to fall as it opens tomorrow, 22nd November.

The West is joining in...

Whistler bounding into Winter 18/19Whistler bounding into Winter 18/19















Aspen, all four ski areas, are set to open up tomorrow as well, so we'll be keeping a good eye on the season launches in these mega resorts.


It's steady snow across North America.

The conditions are looking really good, and there's little sign of the snow letting up.

More resorts open up each day, while Colorado has had a handful of resorts skiing full-time for some weeks.

Breckenridge in Colorado recorded more than 15cm overnight on Saturday:

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Aspen kicked off its season at the weekend so with the dozen Colorado resorts now skiing, winter really has begun:

Among those CO ski areas open are: Wolf Creek, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Keystone, Breckenridge, Eldora, Winter Park, Vail, Copper Mountain, Monarch, Purgatory, Beaver Creek, Aspen Mountain, Steamboat.

Later this week: Crested Butte on 21st November, Aspen Snowmass and Telluride on 22nd November.

More snow is expected in the Western ski resorts, in California and Oregon this week, which are taking up the rear in terms of snow in North America.

We'll be keeping one keen eye out that way (while the other watches on hopefully closer to home over the brown Alps).


The East Coast has been battered with snow this week.

New Yorkers had to deal with 15cm this week.

Looks like it's going to continue for a while, too.

While it's slowed down the city commute, the ski resorts on the east are in luck.

Stowe ski resort in Vermont opened yesterday under falling snow.

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Killington is skiing with 15cm of fresh snow.

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And further West in Colorado, Copper Mountain-eers were stoked yesterday for opening day:


With over 1.7 metres of snow falling since October 1st, Copper Mountain will open today for the 2018/19 winter season.

It's said to be one of the best opening days on record for Copper with 7 lifts, 27 trails and 275 acres to ski and ride.

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Also in Colorado, Aspen is opening this weekend on Saturday 17th November.

The hype over there must be massive, considering the enviable amount of snowfall they've had so far this year.

Both resorts are still asleep (as well as us waking up silly early to check on the snow conditions that way) so we'll be updating as soon as Copper, the. Aspen tomorrow, open for skiing.

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There is a general view that the snow is better across the Pond.

Not always true in our view here at PlanetSKI - just think of last winter when the Alps had one of the best winters on record and much of North America, especially the USA, struggled.

But at the moment, and we are only in the second half of November, it is most definitely correct.

Our full report lower down this article has been written in recent weeks as we have tracked the great autumn snowfalls in Canada and the USA.

Some resorts have seen the most early season snow ever and many more are firing up their lifts early.

Aspen in Colorado is the latest to announce an early opening - the season starts this Saturday, November 17th.

It is 5-days before the scheduled opening and the resort will have 130 acres of top-to-bottom skiing.

Snowmass will open as scheduled on Thursday 22nd November.

"If there's one place you can guarantee getting amazing snow conditions it's Canada," said Krystelle Kubicki, the ski marketing manager for Iglu Ski.

"If you are still on a high after last season's epic conditions in Europe and still want more then head to Canada for some champagne snow action this winter."

"The area of Alberta in Canada has some of the highest annual snow levels in the world and it's amazing to see Sunshine Village resort in Banff already open in early November."

Scroll down this article for full details of the Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay all opening.

Prices to Canada with Iglu Ski start from around £900 pp for London flights, transfers and room only hotel accommodation for 7 nights - see here for further details from Iglu Ski.


Loveland in Colorado has received the most early season snow in its 81 years of operation.

82 inches to be precise - that's more than 2m.

Last weekend it opened two more lifts and here's what it looks like:

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More open early in the States.

Vail and Beaver Creek have just announced that they'll open early this season.

More than 1.2m of snow just last week allow Colorado's Vail and Beaver Creek to open early for the season.

Vail opens on Wednesday 14th November and Beaver Creek will swing its lifts on Saturday 17th November.

It's the first time in 10 years for both resorts to open early.


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

Here are the latest images as winter begins:

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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.

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

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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.

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And this morning:

And then later:

It was a similar scene in Lake Louise:

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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.

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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.

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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



















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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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...

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