There’s been incredible snowfall in Western Canada over the past few days and the first of the country’s ski resorts are now opening for the 2017-18 ski season.
Banff’s Mt Norquay ski area was the first to officially open on Friday, November 3. Fellow Alberta resort Nakiska, the closest major ski area to Calgary, also opened on Saturday, November 4.
Last week, ski areas in the region have reported up to three feet (90cm) of snow and in many places the snow is expected to continue falling through the next week.
Commenting on Norquay’s opening, SkiBig3’s Tera Swanson says, “High fives and stoke vibes are up to the summits this weekend! With 27cm of the fresh stuff (all natural!) on Wednesday and another 12cm in the past 24 hours, they’re in good shape and starting off strong for the winter. They even have features in their terrain park up and ready to go. They will be running the Cascade chairlift from 11am to 4pm on opening day, and from 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week, from this Saturday, November 4.”
Only two weeks after opening, Lake Louise will be hosting North America’s first Men’s Downhill and Super-G World Cup races on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26. The Ladies’ Downhill races are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, followed by a Ladies Super-G on Sunday, Dec. 3. It’s going to be a busy month and there’s added excitement with the Winter Olympics this season now less than 100 days away!
Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise had tentative opening dates of this Friday, November 10th, but both have decided to open early for the season thanks to all the snow. Lake Louise will open this Tuesday, November 7. Sunshine will open the next day, Wednesday November 8.
Although no other Canadian resorts have, so far, announced any plans to open imminently, most are getting big snowfalls – right from resorts like Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Whistler by the Pacific coast of British Columbia across to Alberta.
The snowfall of course doesn’t stop on the Canadian border either and North-Western US resorts have been posting images and video of big snowfalls too.
Jackson Hole in Wyoming for example reported 11 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.
Snow is expected more widely over the coming weekend and several more areas are scheduled to open in the next week including Boreal in California next Wednesday 8th November and Breckenridge, Copper and Keystone in Colorado on Friday 10th.