Canadian Ski Area re-Opens After Over 30cm+ of Snow Falls in North and South America

STORY BY Patrick Thorne 17th May 2017

The Canadian ski resort of Grouse Mountain has re-opened after more than a foot of fresh snowfall.

Grouse Mountain above Vancouver has had 32cm (13 inches) of snow in 24 hours and has temporarily re-opened its ski slopes accessed via the Screaming Eagle Express.

The snow may have come as a surprise to Grouse Mountain’s resident bears who emerged from hibernation at the end of last month.

 

The snowfall has been widespread across Western North America in recent days and is expected to  continue for the rest of this week.

Other ski areas that have remained open since last autumn are also reporting fresh snow including Mammoth and Squaw Valley in California to the south.

In Canada only Whistler and Sunshine at Banff remain open, with Whistler reporting some fresh snow if not so much as Grouse Mountain.  The final weekend of the season is coming up at both areas, although Whistler will re-open in July for summer glacier skiing and boarding.

Meanwhile south of the equator there has been heavy snow in the Andes mountains of south America too leading to speculation that some resorts there may open a month earlier than the scheduled 2017 ski season start in mid-June.  Resorts have reported up to 60cm of fresh snow with more expected in the next 48 hours.  El Colorado in Chile is pictured above after the snowfall there.

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