Big Snowfalls Lead To Great Opening Conditions at Leading Resorts in Alps and Canada/US

STORY BY Patrick Thorne 14th November 2017

Around 80 ski areas were open in Europe and North America at the weekend, a sizable number of the opening early thanks to big snowfalls pre-season and/or cold weather for snowmaking.

Among the big names that are opening for the weekend coming up is Val Thorens, which says it will have 70% of its terrain open with snow depths of up to a metre.

The snow is looking like this:

[Live] Ici le damage se passe bien avec des belles quantités sur les pistes ! ❄️❄️❄️❄️Vous nous rejoignez ce weekend ? Voici les remontées qui seront ouvertes : Funitel de Péclet / Télésiège des Cascades / Télésiège Portette / Télécabine Moraine / Funitel Grand Fond / Téléski des Plateaux / Télésiège Moutière / Télécabines Cairn/Caron / Télésiège Plein Sud / Tapis Castor et Pollux, Campagnol et Musaraigne#ValThorens #GoPro P.S : A Val Thorens on skie en continu jusqu'au 8 mai !

Posted by Val Thorens on Tuesday, 14 November 2017


As last season, Courchevel (pictured top today) have announced that to celebrate the snow they’ll be running their lifts for free, tomorrow (Wednesday 15th November) only.

In the Pyrenees, one of Spain’s biggest resort Baqueira Beret (puictured below today) says it will be opening a week early with around 30 runs open and snow depths at around 50cm mid-mountain already.

Big Snowfalls Lead To Great Opening Conditions at Leading Resorts in Alps and Canada/US

Even resorts that are sticking to their opening dates are reporting great pre-season conditions.

Here’s Lech, which has had 60cm of new snow in the past few days, today:

Private Powder Gondola

Oops, we did it again! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Heute gings ein Stockwerk höher und wir durften vom Trittkopf nach Zürs den unberührten Schnee genießen. Was für ein Erlebnis! Gerne nehmen wir euch im Video mit – Danke für die vielen Likes, Kommentare und vor allem auch an die Skilifte Lech und Zürs für die großartige Unterstützung! Am 1. Dezember geht`s dann richtig rund! 🙂 Wir freuen uns.

Posted by Lech Zürs am Arlberg on Tuesday, 14 November 2017


Across the Atlantic resorts including Panorama, Killington and Mammoth have all opened early for the 2017-18 season too, with one small resort in Montana claimed its earliest opening in its 68 year history.  Altogether more than 40 North American ski areas opened at the weekend.

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