They were joined by the small Montana ski area of Great Divide which reported it's earliest ever opening. The three resorts join three already open, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and Donner Summit in California. Cataloochee in North Carolina had hoped to make its earliest ever opening on Monday after snowmaking began on Sunday, but temperatures rose unfortunately and it was unable to open as planned.
Squaw Valley California, which celebrates 60 years in operation this winter, along with 50 years since it staged the Winter Olympics. "These early storms are ideal for the coming season," commented Savannah Cowley, Squaw Valley's spokesperson."This high moisture content, early season snow is absorbed into the ground which is superb for our base layer. In contrast to rain, wet snow stays on the ground long enough to moisturize the ground which allows the new snow to better adhere."
North of the border Canada's first ski area to open looks likely to be Mount Norquay, Banff's local ski hill, which plans to open weekends from 31st October and already has a snow covering. The nearby resorts of Nakiska, Sunshine and Lake Louise all plan to open within the first few days of November.