What Happened to Autumn? Winter's Arrived Instead

4th October 2017 - Craig Charley
Keystone First Snow - 2 October 2017

22 September typically marks the last day of summer, but in North America, resorts skipped autumn and went straight to winter, with feet of snow falling right down to base level in some areas.

Even more snow fell this week which has us eagerly anticipating those first turns of the season. For some, they're coming sooner than expected as Timberline, Oregon is opening limited advanced terrain for keen skiers and snowboarders tomorrow, making it the earliest resort to open in North America. In Mammoth, California it feels like winter never ended. The resort stayed open right through to 6 August and retained so much snow that 200 resort staff were treated to a day on the slopes last week.

We've rounded up the best pre-season photos and videos from across North America below, it's time to get excited.

USA

Colorado

Aspen Snowmass

Beaver Creek

 

50 days until opening day! Today’s views are breathtaking. Photo by @bigbsurf #BeaverCreek

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Breckenridge

Copper Mountain

Keystone

Steamboat

Vail

Winter Park

 

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Best of the Rest

Mammoth

Big Sky

Deer Valley

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at @DeerValleyResort. | Video Credit: @scottusa

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Grand Targhee

Jackson Hole

Mt Hood

Mt Bachelor

Canada

British Columbia

Big White

 

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Fernie

Whistler

Alberta

Castle Mountain

Marmot Basin

Mt Norquay

Experience it yourself

Winter is here, but have you booked your ski holiday? There is still time for a fantastic price, with huge savings on accommodation and ski extras and flights sales still on. Request a quotation or call us on 01273 224060 to speak to one of our experts. Between us we have skied every one of the above resorts.

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One of the handful of non-skiers before joining Ski Safari, I've now skied in North America, Europe and Asia. After my first taste of powder and tree skiing in Japan last winter, I'm looking forward to more off-piste adventures!