Snowfalls of up to 80cm (nearly three feet) have been reported by ski resorts in the Alps over the past 48 hours.
In Italy, already-open Cervinia reported 80cm of fresh snow while just over the Swiss border nearby Saas-Fee, which has been open since last Spring, has also reported a big fall, with 30cm (a foot) of fresh snow on Sunday and another 65cm today.
Down in the Pyrenees, Formigal, Grandvalira and Vallnord has reported of new snow over the weekend too. "This fall has increased the level of snow at the slopes in the ski area from 10 to 30 cm at 1800m", said Jose Luis del Valle, the resort’s commercial director. "At the same time we have started the snow cannons in this area so we are further increasing the snow level at the slopes. We are very happy to say that the South-Westerly front has which bought this weather is staying with us. We are pleased to say that we plan to open the resort on the 26th November".
Meanwhile in North America the Lake Louise Ski Area (picture attached) and Mt Norquay by Banff, both Alberta neighbours in Canada, opened at the weekend (Saturday 5th November) with the promise, they hope, of another great La Nina season. The two resorts join Keystone and Copper Mountain in Colorado which opened on Friday (November 4th) taking that state’s tally to five areas open.
"We have all heard the La Nina rumours and are expecting another great snow filled season", says Dan Markham, Director of Marketing and Sales at Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine.
The Lake Louise Ski Area kicked off the season running the Glacier Express Quad and the Sunny T-Bar allowing guests to ski on: Wi waxy, Bald Eagle, Easy Street and Sunny Side runs. "With some help from Mother Nature in terms of natural snow fall, as well as cooler temperatures, we've been able to work diligently making snow" says The Lake Louise Ski Area President Charlie Locke.
Lake Louise has far more acres of natural snow than any other ski resort in Alberta including its famous back bowls, the extensive upper mountain, and the groomed cruising runs in the Larch area which together offer more runs than most skiers can cover in a week. To complement, new upgrades this year to what was already one of the largest, most sophisticated grooming and snowmaking systems in the world, will help ensure snowsure conditions from November to May. Having good snow coverage is important for the resort as they host the first World Cup Downhill race of the season. The Men's race is held on the November 26th weekend with the Ladies racing the following weekend.