In Canada resorts in Alberta have been reporting heavy snowfall over the past week and are expected to begin opening at the end of next week.
Mount Norquay near Banff has announced it will aim to open for its 85th season on Saturday, October 30th and it seems it may now be joined by Nakiska, between Banff and Calgary, which has announced it will try to open earlier than expected on the same date. Cold weather for snowmaking plus natural snowfall have helped.
Marmot Basin ski area got hit with a whopping 25cm (10 inches) of snow overnight at the weekend. While work crews are busy making final preparations for Marmot's November 11 opening, local skiers and snowboarders woke up to a big surprise, snow covered peaks in all directions.
"There's nothing like a huge snowstorm in mid October to get our local skiers and boarders fired up", exclaimed Brian Rode, Marmot's Vice President of Marketing and Sales. This is shaping up to be a repeat performance of last season when we had record snowfall in October and November", added Rode.
Marmot ski patrol and lift maintenance crews are getting the mountain ready for opening day and, while the snow that blankets the mountain will force them to make some changes to their work schedule, it will not slow them down. It just means that some of their work will now be done on skis and snowmobiles rather than on foot or by truck, something no one here is complaining about!
In Banff-Lake Louise there was heavy snow too and the snow guns have started at Lake Louise. It, and the third Banff resort of Sunshine will open in early November - just a few weeks away.
There's been snow in British Columbia too, Sun Peaks Village was covered in white with the first snowfall of the season at the resort. 12.23 centimetres (five inches) of fresh snow fell at mid-mountain over the weekend.
With cooler temperatures in the forecast, mountain operations crews hope to begin making snow over the next couple of days in preparation for the arrival of the Austrian Women's Ski Team in mid-November. Opening day for the public at Sun Peaks Resort is scheduled for Saturday, November 20.