Canada and USA Snow Report and Forecast to December 8th, 2017

STORY BY Patrick Thorne 2nd December 2017

It has been a mostly good week for snow in North America.  More and more resorts are opening for the 17-18 season and those that already opened are, on the whole, opening more terrain.

There have been more big snowfalls in the West.  Lake Louise (pictured top) is now claiming to have had its snowiest start to the season in 67 years with more than 2.5m of snow in October and November.

Whistler Blackcomb (below) will have 3,000 skiable acres open from this weekend, and say they have received 375 centimeters (148 inches) of total snowfall since November 1st.

“A high pressure ridge arriving Sunday is expected to bring more sunshine, and gradually milder alpine temperatures. Alpine inversions may happen under these conditions, which will affect freezing levels,” a resort statement says.

It’s not quite such an epic start to the season still in states like Colorado and Utah.  Here Snowbird, which was forced to close again last week after initially opening the week before, has now re-opened but bases are still quite low and some resorts are reliant on machine made snow.

The snow is as deep or deeper at ski areas on the East coast in states like Vermont and conditions remain good in the Midwest too.

In Eastern Canada more areas are opening too.  After last week-end’s great pre-opening, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham Mountain Resorts (above) in Quebec  officially start the regular season, opening the mountains 7 days a week, starting Saturday.

Stoneham has had 14 cm of new snow in the past 24 hours, Mont-Sainte-Anne 9cm.  It has 11 trails open served by four lifts.

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