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Whistler opens
Friday November 13, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

The biggest and most popular resort in North America opened a week earlier than planned after recent heavy snow. There have been good falls across North America. UPDATED

The Canadian resort of Whistler opened on Thursday - it was due to open on November 26th but things were brought forward.

Over the last seven days alone Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia has received 56cms of snow.

The current snow base at the Pig Alley weather station is 70cms.

And this is what it currently looks like.

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Many turned out to welcome in the winter.

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Photo credit: Coast Mountain Photography

One lucky skier, Ian Morrison, has been out earlier in Harmony Bowl.

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Photo credit: Paul Morrison

However although the covering is good for the time of year the resort is asking people to exercise caution.

"With all the excitement of opening day, we want to remind guests early season conditions will apply, especially off piste,"  said the Director of Mountain Operations at Whistler Blackcomb,  Doug MacFarlane.

"It is important to obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by 'Temporary Boundary' signage," he added.

There have been large amounts of snow in several ski resorts across Canada and the USA.

Last Saturday the Canadian resort of Sunshine Village, near Banff, opened with fresh snow in abundance.

Our reporter, Alex Cove, was there.

"Snow, snow and more snow!" he told us.

Up on the slopes there was powder skiing to be had.

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And back down in Banff the scene resembled the middle of winter rather than the middle of November.

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In the USA the resorts of Aspen, Heavenly and Northstar were just some of the areas opening for the season last weekend on Saturday 14th November.

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Breckenridge in Colorado opened the previous day, Friday 13th, and what an opening day it was - ahead of schedule and with plenty of fresh snow.

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And this is what Breckenridge currently looks like.

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Other resorts open in the USA include Mammoth Mountain, Loveland and Arapahoe-Basin.

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The opening dates have just been announced for the resorts in Utah.

Brighton opened first on Wednesday November 18th. Then Alta opens on Friday November 20th.  Park City fires up its lifts on Saturday November 21st along with Snowbird.

Deer Valley is the last to open in Utah - December 5th.


So, what is it like in Europe?

Sadly not so good as we have reported here but there is hope on the horizon.

There is set to be a significant storm across large parts of the Alps this coming weekend with the freezing level dropping to under 1,000m in places.

We are watching things closely and will be updating you as the week progresses.

Meanwhile there is some snow elsewhere in Europe.

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With further snow falling in North America we will be updating this article with pictures as we get them:

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Sun Peaks, CanadaEnjoying the powder














For the spirit of the mountains

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