If you’re like me, November signals the start of a tortuous time where you are constantly glued to a computer, phone, or TV screen, drooling over new ski edits and reading weather reports. That being said, the first couple weeks of this month have not been easy for me. Over the last week I have watched Lake Louise release photo after photo of what looked like mid winter conditions and finally, today, they opened with fresh powder!
— LakeLouiseSkiResort (@SkiLouise) November 18, 2016
While the first half of November was warmer than average, temperatures are starting to drop into snowmaking ranges and there is real, natural, glorious snow forecasted across the continent.
Colorado’s winter got a jumpstart yesterday. Resorts across the state received between 5 and 10 inches of new snow. Steamboat even picked up 12 inches of it’s famous Champagne Powder.
Mount Rose was able to live up to the slogan “Where The Snow Is” as it became the first Lake Tahoe ski area to open for the 2016/17 ski season. It looks like there is more snow on the way for Tahoe as well. Bryan Allegretto reports that a series of three storms have Tahoe in their sights over the next two weeks. The first of which should arrive this weekend and could bring a foot of snow to higher elevations!
Meanwhile, the Midwest became tired of waiting for winter and jumped into it head first. Winter Storm Argos brought blizzard conditions to the region, causing hazardous driving conditions and road closures. Travel advisories have been issued for some areas, stay safe and be sure to check with local authorities before venturing out during the storm.
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New England and New York
Winter Storm Argos isn’t stopping in the Midwest. It is expected to push on to Western New York and Northern New England, bringing up to two feet of snow to the region! New England skiers are eagerly awaiting the start of winter after last years record low snowfall totals. Aside from snow, Argos will bring the cold temperatures needed to fire up the snow guns local ski areas. Plymouth State Meteorologists say that there is also a chance for another storm to hit the region around Thanksgiving. It is still a little early to tell if this one will be a major snow producer, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed!