Winter Has Arrived
November - or should it be Snowvember? - what an incredible month of snow. Pre-season has beaten all expectations and with most resorts now open, the snow continues to fall heavily. If December is anywhere near as good as November, we could be looking at a very deep winter.
Last Wednesday there were powder smiles all round Lake Tahoe with up to 50cm in 24 hours falling on Northstar, Squaw Valley and Heavenly. Mammoth received similar levels, taking the November snowfall total up to 140cm.
The storm that dumped on California has been working its way towards Utah and Colorado so there's plenty of snow predicted there this weekend. Frequent storms throughout November mean Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Vail have all had around 150cm already but our pick for this weekend is Aspen Snowmass, which is expecting 25cm on top of its 79cm snowpack.
Both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are now open for business and the latest photos look glorious after a cumulative 168cm in November. It's bluebird conditions right now but there is a lot of snow forecast for this week starting on Tuesday - up to 50cm.
Big White has topped 200cm in November, helped by a huge 46cm on 18 November, less than a week after opening.
After a powder-filled November (283cm to be precise), Kicking Horse is opening two weeks early, starting with a preview this weekend. They've called it 'one of the strongest opening storm cycles since resort inception' - and it's the first time the resort will be open from top to bottom in November.
If you thought Kicking Horse's 283cm total was huge, nearby Revelstoke has had even more: 323cm to date - that's over 10ft! Conditions couldn't be better for opening day this weekend.
Although not opening until 11 December, Panorama continues to enjoy frequent snowfall and the locals are itching to try out the powder. 166cm so far in November.
After opening in mid-November, a succession of snowstorms since has led to plenty of powder days for early skiers and boarders in Jasper. The most recent storm left 21cm overnight, followed by blue skies on 24 November.
Last week, Banff enjoyed beautiful bluebird conditions after midweek snowfall across Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt Norquay. With up to 200cm of snow in November, Banff is the perfect base for powder skiing a huge variety of terrain.
In the Swiss Alps, Engelberg received a phenomenal 1m of snow at the end of the week. More is predicted through the weekend followed by blue skies next week.
Myrkdalen's already impressive 100cm snow base is set for a boost this week as over 50cm is in the forecast.
Cold temperatures meant Trysil could combine snowmaking with natural snow for top to bottom skiing on opening day Friday.
Voss is set to open at the end of the week, 37cm of snow is expected just before opening day - perfect!
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