"Forget the hype, let's deal with the facts: It is currently bucketing it down in the Alps. There are reports of mid-winter like conditions and some resorts are even opening early. Lech has a base of 180cms already and in many resorts including Verbier, Tignes and Kitzbühel there is snow all the way to resort level." said a Ski Club of Great Britain statement.
By contrast the Colorado Rockies are generally not seeing as good a November as they did in 2006, precursor to a 2006-7 season of media reports of poor snow in Europe heralding the beginning of the end due to global warming; whilst the Rockies were apparently unaffected by this ‘global' phenomenon and were always the place to be for great snow. This November temperatures have been low enough for snowmaking in some ski areas, but currently not in others, with limited natural snowfall due to dry weather conditions. Overall temperatures in the state for November so far were described as "warmer than average" by the US National Weather Service.
Seven Colorado resorts are now open, with Arapahoe Basin and Loveland on the high Continental Divide already in to their second month of the 2007-8 season. Keystone opened a week early after healthy snowfalls in October and now has an 18 inch (45cm) base. Winter Park has just opened on a 14 inch base. Crested Butte and Vail are also amongst those opening this week. However Eldora mountain, one of the state's smaller resorts, has opted to postpone its planned opening tomorrow, Friday 16th November, in the hope of either natural snow fall or cold enough weather to make snow. It now plans to open for Thanksgiving.