Powder Alert as North America Opens

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The past two weeks has seen huge snowfalls across our North American resorts, and many of them have plenty more in the forecast over the weekend. Up to a metre could be falling over the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest, setting up for a deep Christmas.

Read on for an update on conditions across Canada and the USA with some of our favourite early season photos and videos.


La Nina typically means huge snow for western Canada and this one is no different. Conditions in BC are the best they've been for years.

Revelstoke is currently topping the snow tables across all our resorts with a gigantic 476cm of snow - and the resort only opened last weekend!

Revelstoke 6 December 2016 © Cole Hofstra

It's snorkle-deep in Reve right now. Photo: Cole Hofstra, 6 December

Over three metres of early season snow meant Whistler opened with the best base in six years.

After 31cm in 24 hours, Big White had a powder-filled first weekend after opening midweek on 30 November.

Fernie has received half a metre of snow in the past week after opening last weekend.

Fernie Opening Day 2016 - 2 Dec

Fernie opening day, 2 December

Kicking Horse opens today having already received a huge 333cm of snow.

Kicking Horse 8 December 2016 © Abby Cooper

Pro skier Dave Treadway gets to try the goods early. Photo: Abby Cooper, 7 December

There's plenty of powder to be found in SilverStar right now as new terrain opens and the snow continues to fall - 21.5cm this week.

SilverStar 6 December 2016

SilverStar, 6 December

November was a mixed bag in Alberta. Although Sunshine Village recorded their earliest opening in 30 years after 124cm of snow, nearby Lake Louise had to postpone opening to ensure conditions were safe.

All lifts in Lake Louise are now open, and the skiing looks great after 26cm in the past week.

Whitehorn 2, Lake Louise, 8 December © C. Moseley

Whitehorn 2, Lake Louise, Photo: C. Moseley, 8 December

Meanwhile, Sunshine Village continues to provide the goods - another 41cm this week and bluebird skies.

Sunshine Village, 7 December 2016

Clear skies over Sunshine Village, 7 December


It took a while to come, but once the snow arrived in the USA it hasn't stopped! Resorts in Oregon and Wyoming have seen the biggest snowfalls, but other resorts are starting to catch up after 50+cm this week in places.

Jackson Hole is way out in front in the USA for snow. 150cm in the nine days leading up to opening weekend (351cm total) transformed the resort into a deep and steep powder playground.

Nearby Grand Targhee is not far - the resort received 152cm this week alone. Wyoming is your destination if you're looking for consistent powder and challenging terrain.

Bluebird Grand Targhee 6 December © Bridger Brigade Productions

Bluebird Grand Targhee. Photo: Bridger Brigade Productions, 6 December

Aspen Mountain has been open from top to bottom for a week now, with a good mixture of blue skies and fresh snow.

There has been plenty of early powder to find in Steamboat - over 40cm in December so far!

It's looking like deep winter in Breckenridge, with 46cm falling this week.

Breckenridge 7 December 2016

Breckenridge, 7 December

Nearly half of Vail's total snowfall so far arrived in the past week - better late (and deep!) than never...

Vail 6 December 2016 Credit David Neff

Faceshots in Vail. Photo: David Neff, 6 December

Experience it yourself

Call our North America specialists on 01273 224 060 or request a quotation online for help discovering the powder this winter.

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