Lake louise opening Day 2009
In Colorado the number of areas open looks set to reach double figures by the weekend, with resorts like Keystone and Copper mountain having joined early-openers last month including Arapahoe Basin and Loveland.
Other Western US resorts already open or opening imminently include crystal Mountain and Mt Baker in Washington state
In the east of the US, Killington and Bretton Woods in Vermont and New Hampshire respectively opened at the weekend, joining Sunday River in Maine. Several more plan to open in the next few days including Belleayre in New York State.
In Canada more resorts have been opening in Alberta and British Columbia. Lake Louise opened last Friday, joining fellow Banff area Mt Norquay, and they're due to be joined by Marmot Basin and sunshine in the next few days. The Banff area has reported 63cm of new snow in the past few days and Marmot Basin will debut its new quad chairlift. Another Albertan resort, Nakiska, the closest to Calgary, is already open for race te4ams and opens to the general public this weekend - it too has a new quad chairlift.
Blessed with this great early season snowfall and one of the world's most sophisticated snowmaking systems, Lake Louise is preparing to welcome the World Cup races later this month. The Men's races will take place on November 28 to 29, and the Women's races on December 4 to 6.
Sunshine Village will open on November 11, after receiving 130cm of snowfall to date. Approximately 50 per cent of the resort's 107 runs will be accessible, with Standish, Wawa and Strawberry lifts set to open.
The newly renovated Sunshine Mountain Lodge will open 30 new eco-luxurious rooms in early December. The multimillion dollar wing replacement has not only added luxury to the Lodge, but also lowered the resort's carbon footprint.
Over in British Columbia Sun Peaks also plans to open in the next few days a week earlier than planned. Thanks to all the snow.