It has been a bumper start to the ski season in Colorado, with resorts reporting record October snowfall (up to 1.5m in places) and bitterly cold temperatures (down to -20 Celsius). This is the perfect combination and as a result, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Keystone, Eldora, Monarch and Winter Park will have lifts spinning by Saturday 2nd November. At the latter this represents their earliest ever opening! Beautiful sunny weather and temperatures just below freezing are expected this weekend and into next week.
Elsewhere in the USA you can ski at Mount Rose in Nevada, Sipapu in New Mexico and Wildcat in Minnesota. Across on the East Coast however, mild temperatures have curtailed snowmaking activity and we’re still waiting for the likes of Killington to open up – some cooler nights are forecast however, so we might not be far away from opening day.
Up in Canada, both Lake Louise and Mount Norquay near Banff are scheduled to open this weekend, with Sunshine Village set to join them soon thanks to excellent early-season snowfall. Cool weather and some light snow is forecast for the coming week.
The Australian ski season has now finished.
The New Zealand season is clinging on, with Whakapapa now the only resort still open following the closure of its Mount Ruapehu neighbour Turoa. The snowpack is still up to 3m thick towards the summit, giving great spring conditions when the lifts open up each weekend – weather permitting.
The South American ski season is over at all of our featured resorts.