Great news, early snowfalls have resorts opening early…


Heavy snow sees ski resorts opening early

Loading ... Loading … Posted on: November 12th, 2008 by Samantha Williams

Heavy snowfalls in both North America and Europe have made it possible for a number of ski resorts to open earlier than usual.

In late October, heavy snows hit mountainous areas in Europe and a series of snowstorms have left plenty of snow on the ground in popular ski areas of North America.

Snowbird, a Utah ski resort, opened at the end of last week following a snowfall of 70cm, which is the second-earliest opening in the 38-year history of the ski area. In Europe, Italy’s Bormio ski resort opened a month early than usual after heavy snowfalls since late October have left 110cm on the upper slopes.

“The west coast of America has received some significant snowfalls recently and it looks like mid-winter rather than autumn in many resorts,” commented a Ski Club of Great Britain spokesman. “While in Europe, a good amount of snow has fallen in recent weeks with more snow forecast,” he said.

Other North American ski resorts that have opened early this year include Mammoth, in northern California and Canada’s Mount Norquay, one of Banff’s Big Three – opening nearly three weeks ahead of schedule.

The Geilo ski resort in Norway also opened three weeks earlier than usual, reporting a 50cm base.

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