British Columbia, and especially Whistler, has had big snowfalls in the past week meaning resorts there have had great opening weekends. Alongside Whitler, BC resorts Big White, Sun Peaks and Cypress Mountain all opened.
Sun Peaks opened with top-to-bottom skiing on Saturday, thanks to excellent summer grooming and brush removal, early snow fall and snow making, the opening day was a week earlier than originally scheduled. The Sunburst Chairlift from the village started turning at 14 minutes to 9am on Saturday as the resort celebrated the number 14 and one of the earliest openings ever at Sun Peaks.
The Austrian National Ski Team arrived in Sun Peaks on November 17 to begin training, so visitors can watch for these elite athletes on the slopes of the Nancy Greene International Race Centre this week.
However the heavy snowfalls aren't all good news, by Monday (November 16), Whistler already had to announce that their avalanche warning level was at its highest warning level because of the heavy snow build up and it now reports it snow base is approaching two metres.
Dozens of ski area have opened across the US, although one resort at least, Salta in Utah, may delay its planned opening this weekend is a promised Friday storm does not deliver enough snow. Although already sitting on a 60cm (25 inch) base at mid-mountain, the resort has limited snowmaking And is concerned cover isn't adequate for a sustained opening.