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You know that white stuff that we all love to ski and ride on? Well, whether you prefer it made by the hand of Mother Nature or by powerful, high-tech snowmaking systems, plenty of it is already being seen at ski resorts across North America. Many saw their first flakes, while others are vigorously firing up their snow guns, eager for an early season!

Here’s a rundown of last week’s snow sightings to help you get your winter fix while you patiently wait for opening day!

 

Colorado

Fun Fact: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Loveland Ski Area, and Copper Mountain fired up their snow guns last week, kicking off the annual race to be the first ski resort to open!

Arapahoe Basin

Photo taken: 10/2/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Arapahoe Basin Snowmaking

 

Aspen/Snowmass

Photo taken: 10/2/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Aspen Snowmass

 

Copper Mountain

Photo taken: 9/30/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Copper Mountain Snowmaking

 

Crested Butte

Photo taken: 10/1/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Crested Butte

 

Loveland Pass

Photo taken: 10/2/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Loveland 10.2

 

Steamboat Resort

Photo taken: 9/30/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Steamboat 2

 

Telluride

Photo taken: 10/2/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Telluride

 

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Photo taken: 9/30/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Wolf Creek SKi Area

 

 

Pacific Northwest & Northern Rockies

Fun Fact: With 500+ inches of snowfall each season, Grand Targhee is routinely named among the top 3 North American ski resorts for snow quality and quantity.

 

Crystal Mountain

Photo taken: 9/30/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Crystal Mountain

 

Grand Targhee

Photo taken: 9/30/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Grand Targhee

 

Jackson Hole

Photo taken: 10/1/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Jackson Hole

 

California

Fun fact: Mammoth Mountain has one of the longest ski seasons in North America, which averages from November to June. Mammoth Mountain’s longest season was in 1994-1995, when the resort saw enough snow to operate from October 8 until August 13 (over ten months).

Mammoth Mountain

Photo taken: 9/29/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Mammoth Mountain

 

Squaw/Alpine

Photo taken: 9/27/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Squaw Alpine 9:27

 

New England

Fun fact: With one of the most powerful and technically advanced snowmaking systems in North America, Sunday River in Maine claims “the most dependable snow in New England.” They even offer a Snow Guarantee: If the snow isn’t to your liking within one hour of purchase, you can exchange your lift ticket to come back another day.

 

Sunday River

Photo taken: 9/19/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods:  Sunday River snowmaking

 

Bromley Mountain

Photo taken: 10/2/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Bromley Mountain

 

Canada

Whistler Blackcomb

Photo taken: 9/30/2014
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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Whistler Blackcomb

Want to know how snowmaking works? Check out How It Works: Snowmaking 101.

 

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