A snow storm swept through the U.S. and Canadian Rockies and Midwestern U.S. on Monday blanketing many parts of ski country, especially Alberta, Canada, Wyoming and Colorado. Jackson Hole ended up with the better part of a foot of snow, while Beaver Creek received seven inches, Vail and Keystone received six inches, Copper, Steamboat and Aspen Snowmass received five. Keystone and Copper Mountain opened for the season last week, so Colorado skiers will be able to take advantage of the fresh snow. Alberta, Canada’s Banff Lake Louise ski resorts, which include Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, received about eight inches.
Winter looks like it’s making an official debut as another snow storm will be rolling through the West on Thursday, which Opensnow.com forecaster, Joel Gratz, is estimating will drop three to six inches on Colorado ski resorts, and another storm will move in on Saturday, which is expected to produce another three to six inches. Colorado could see around a foot of fresh snow over the next seven to eight days. Jackson Hole is expected to see an additional two to four inches on Thursday and Utah ski resorts are also expected to see three to six inches over the weekend.
This last snow storm, the upcoming storms and cold temps are prompting many resorts to ramp up snowmaking efforts, which means more opening announcements are hitting. Breckenridge received nine inches of snow from the latest storm and announced their official opening will be this Friday, Nov. 14. With a projected opening in 9 days on Thursday, Nov. 20, Vail’s snowguns are also in full throttle. Aspen Mountain is also taking advantage of the wintery conditions and is blowing snow in anticipation for their Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Day opening. Banff’s Lake Louise resort is set to open Thursday, Nov. 13 and Sunshine Village will open Friday, Nov. 14, and it seems that the last storm will prove helpful in getting Mt. Norquay open soon after.
Check out photos of Monday’s snow storm below and stay tuned for more information on the next week’s storms.