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CANADA OPENS FOR WINTER - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Thursday November 2, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Sunshine Village, Lake Louise & Marmot Basin have fired up some lifts. Other Canadian resorts are open & some are also opening in the USA. UPDATED



The resorts in Alberta have had some great early season conditions and some are opening earlier than planned.

On Wednesday it was the turn of Sunshine Village.

Strawberry, Wawa, Wolverine & Jackrabbit lifts opened as well as the Strawberry Park.

It was due to open today, Friday.

The lucky ones were met with fresh powder on the slopes:

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However not everyone was happy at the early opening.

"You went and changed the opening day. I am very disappointed!!!" said Mario Mucalica on the resort's Facebook page.

"Hopefully you can open new lifts on Friday so all the people that took time off work to be there for what was supposed to be opening day can still get some fresh untouched turns in!!!"

"A big week for us as all SkiBig3 resorts are now officially open, and all earlier than anticipated! All three resorts will continue to expand operations and terrain openings over the coming days and weeks, as conditions allow," said the ski area in a statement.

On Tuesday Lake Louise fired up its first lifts.

The lifts open included  the Top of The World Express, Summit Platter, and Paradise Chairs.

They gave access to around 40 runs.

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An update on conditions at Lake Louise on 9th November below:

In British Columbia Cypress Mountain and Grouse Mountain near Vancouver will open on Friday.

"Cold temperatures allowed our snowmaking team to spring into action and with more snowfall in the forecast we'll be working hard to open up more terrain soon," said Grouse Mountain's director of operations Grant Wahl.

It will be Cypress's third earliest opening in the company's 33-year history and a tie for Grouse's earliest in the 40 years it's been operating.


Resorts in the USA are also opening.

Killington in Vermont starts on Wednesday, becoming the first ski resort in the east to fire up some lifts.

The first turns of the season will be reserved exclusively for Season Pass and Express Card holders.

The resort will then open to the general public on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

"The cold temperatures and ideal snowmaking weather have had our mountain operations team running full steam," said the president and general manager of Killington Resort, Mike Solimano.

The resort said it will have a limited number of trails open.

 Killington is scheduled to host two World Cup women's ski races on November 25th and 26th.

Several other New England ski areas are also planning to open this week.

Sunday River in Maine, Wildcat in New Hampshire, and Okemo and Mount Snow in Vermont all plan to open Saturday.

The first resort to open in the USA was Arapahoe Basin in Colorado on October 13th.

On the west coast of the USA Mount Rose-Ski Tahoe opened on Tuesday and Crystal Mountain near Seattle says it hopes to open this weekend.

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And if all this talk of snow in North America  is too rempting to resist one of our tour operator partners, Skiworld, has some great deals at the moment with up to 40% of ski holidays to the USA & Canada.

Back in Canada  Mt Norquay in Banff, Alberta began its winter season last Friday.

The resort has had 27cm of fresh snow and it's good to go.

"Mt. Norquay in Banff National Park is the first ski resort in Canada to open for the season!" said a statement from the resort.

And the powder hounds were out early.

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And the skiers and snowboarders:

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And 7 days/week thereafter from 9am to 4pm.

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And its looking pretty good in Jasper too.

The resort of marmot Basin opened on Friday 10th.

"Marmot Basin is open for the 2017/18 season! Lots of big grins as we enjoy the first turns of opening day. All of the upper and 7 runs in the lower mountain are open with a 20% discount off lift tickets for the weekend," said the resort.

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British Columbia is enjoying a huge dump too.

Kicking Horse Mountain resort had 92cm in 48 hours .. enough for a 'powder swim' - see below, and more is anticipated.

And Sun Peaks in British Columbia:

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Photos of Norquay c/o Luke Sudermann.

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