More of Canada's top resorts are opening with Whistler starting it first post-Olympic season on Friday, six days earlier than planned, ad Sun Peaks following on Saturday, reporting 40cm of new snow in the past week, 20cm in the past 24 hours. They join resorts including recently opened Mt Norquay at Banff, Lake Louise and Nakiska - which is currently claiming the biggest skiable vertical open in Alberta.
With Thanksgiving only a week away, more of the big name US resorts have begun opening, and the snow news is mostly good, with resorts in Colorado, California and Utah all reporting good conditions. New openings at the weekend for winter 2010-11 included Breckenridge, Mammoth and Snowbird and Vail is set to join them this weekend with nearly 90cm of new snow in the past week.
"This opening scenario is probably better than we even dare to hope for and it doesn't happen very often," said Chris Jarnot, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. "We've been blessed with some of the best early-season snow we've ever had.
All the new snow has meant conditions have been great at areas that are already open, like Copper Mountain, which declared yesterday a "powder day."