It’s only early November, but things are looking GOOD at several ski resorts around the world.
Last weekend, there were less than a handful of ski areas open in North America. By Saturday, there will be at least a dozen resorts open in the US, and another half-dozen north of the border in Canada.
Some ski areas (including several that don’t plan to open until December) have already been getting pummeled with snow.
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1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole has started this ski season the same way it finished off last season – with big snowfalls. The resort received 82 inches of snowfall so far, half of which arrived in one mega-storm last weekend.
The resort is scheduled to open on Saturday, November 25th with snow already more than 4 feet deep in Rendezvous Bowl. Currently, their mountain team is working on avalanche mitigation and have advised skiers and snowboarders to stay off the mountain until opening day.
2. Lake Louise, Alberta
Lake Louise opened early for the season on Tuesday, November 7th after early season conditions continued to get better and better. There are currently more than 40 runs open (probably more than any other ski resort that is open so far). The snow is 18 inches deep in the resort’s famous Back Bowls and just a little less than that at mid-Mountain.
Lake Louise is getting ready to stage North America’s first World Cup Races of 2017-18 in just a few weeks, only a couple of months before the South Korean Winter Olympics.
3. Kicking Horse, BC
Western Canada scored big with some huge snowfalls last weekend and low temperatures have helped to keep conditions nice and powdery.
Even though Kicking Horse’s opening date isn’t scheduled until December 8th, the resort posted the BIGGEST accumulation over the weekend – a remarkable 37 inches. Incredibly, the British Columbian ski area has already received more than 7 feet of pre-season snow.
4. Big Sky, Montana
In the latest snow storm, Big Sky scored about two feet of fresh snow on Sunday and Monday. This was on top of 3+ feet of snow that had fallen on the iconic Lone Peak in October, resulting in a total of more than 5 feet of snow so far. Things are looking good for opening day there on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd.
5. Stubai Glacier, Austria
The European Alps got dumped on last weekend too! There are about 20 ski areas are already open in Europe who saw massive snowfalls. Austria’s Stubai Glacier received 3+ feet of snow. More snow is expected in the Alps this weekend and hopes are high for a good start to the ski season next month.
Looks like the demise of the ski industry due to global warming was overhyped.