Big snowstorms prior to Thanksgiving caused several more Pacific Northwest ski resorts to open over the holidays. Even several resorts that usually wait until December bumped up their opening days.
Several British Columbia resorts opened for the season earlier than usual. Mt. Seymour Resort opened Nov. 25 with all runs off Mystery Peak Chair and Goldie Rope Tow available. The resort's new Enquist Lodge provides a place to warm up with a fireplace, a view, light snacks, and hot drinks at the SnowPlay Park.
Fernie Alpine Resort opened last weekend with four lifts and about 44 runs, mostly located on the north end of the resort in Lizard and Cedar Bowls. The resort usually opens in December, but a storm unloading more than three feet of snow followed by frigid temperatures, bumped conditions into winter powder. Big White Ski Resort also opened Nov. 25.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho also opened earlier than anticipated. The resort began running four lifts with top-to-bottom skiing Nov. 26. The resort is closing midweek after the holiday weekend, but re-opening for the season Dec. 4.
49 Degrees North in Washington is also operating, but with a sporadic schedule. The resort opened for the Nov. 20-21 weekend and Thanksgiving weekend, but plans to evaluate conditions before announcing December schedules. The resort's normal operating schedule runs Friday through Tuesday, but seven days a week Dec. 17-Jan. 4.
Other resorts planning to open this upcoming weekend include Revelstoke Mountain Resort Dec. 3 and Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park Dec. 4. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is considering opening for a special bonus weekend Dec. 3-4, but then reopening for the season Dec. 10.