Sept. 1 was the first day of meteorological autumn, and we are already feeling the weather cool down and seeing a delicate dusting of our beloved mountain peaks. A series of autumn storms swept across the Western U.S. earlier this week. According to Meteorologist Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, snow levels dropped to 10,000-11,000 feet because the showers fell at night when temperatures were lower. Winter excitement is in full swing with the photos of snowy peaks and news of early openings circulating.

Canadian resorts like Banff Sunshine Village and Kicking Horse already have experienced complete coverage on their peaks, whereas resorts in Colorado are only getting a taste of the winter-like atmosphere. This week, Breckenridge and Aspen Snowmass woke up to the beautiful convergence of fall and winter, while Jackson Hole’s summit looks ready for its first test-run of the season! To really get yourself in the winter spirit, check out Snowbird’s latest video highlighting its first snowfall at Hidden Peak and giving you an aerial preview of the brand new Summit Restaurant at 11,000 feet.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is opening early

Squaw Valley has spent more than $1 million to upgrade their snowmaking systems for this season and a total of $9 million over the last six years. They’re so confident in their snowmaking team and technology, they’ve announced an early opening: Nov. 11, 2016. Stay tuned to see when they fire up those snow guns and prep the slopes for skiers and snowboarders!

Photos and videos of new snow across the West

If you can’t wait for winter, get your ski trip on the books. Request a free, custom quote or speak with an expert at 800-610-8911.