The first storm cycle of the season has brought much-need precipitation to California and the Pacific Northwest, and enough snow to open a few more resorts, and expanded terrain offerings in Colorado.
Mt. Rose was the first resort in California to open for the season on Nov. 3, followed by Mammoth on Nov. 4.
“The winter season is off to a great start at Mt. Rose,” said Mike Pierce, marketing director at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. “Cold temperatures are forecast to continue through the weekend heading into the chance for more snowfall Sunday into Monday. Our team is working hard to continue to open more terrain and offer a high quality skiing and riding experience for those coming up to Mt. Rose.”
The new Wizard Lift at Mt. Rose opens Friday (Nov. 6) with expanded early-season beginner terrain in the Enchanted Forest Family Zone. Mt. Rose will be spinning two lifts, serving up to six trails this weekend.
Mammoth Mountain, received up to 30” of new snow this past week and will offer four lifts with access to up to 10 trails this weekend. California’s Mountain High Resort also opens Friday (Nov. 6) with one lift and one trail thanks to the recent snowfall, and cold temperatures to make snow.
In Washington, Stevens Pass received it’s first significant snowfall of the season this week, with more than a foot of new snow, and more on the way. North of the border in Alberta, Canada, Mt. Norquay kicks off it’s 90th season on Thursday (Nov. 5).
Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area, nestled above Wolf Creek Pass at 10,000 feet in elevation, re-opens this weekend with 30 trails served by four lifts thanks to 44 inches of snowfall already this season. Meanwhile, Aspen, Vail, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory and Telluride received anywhere from seven to 15 inches of new snow this week.
In addition to Wolf Creek, Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone are also open for the season. Loveland picked up another six inches of snow Friday and will offer two runs and two lifts this weekend. Keystone received four inches of new snow Friday and will offer two trails served by three lift this weekend. Arapahoe Basin picked up another three inches of snow Friday and will spin one lift, serving one trail this weekend. Of course all the lift and trail openings are weather dependent, so check each resorts snow report for additional information on expanded lifts and terrain openings.
Photos: (Top) Forty-four-inches of snow already this season at Colorado's Wolf Creek Ski Area. / Wolf Creek photo.
Mammouth Mountain received 30 inches of new snow this week. / Mammoth Mountain Facebook Photo
Mountain High opens for the season on Friday (Nov. 6). / Mountain High Facebook Photo
Stevens Pass received its first significant snowfall of the season this week. / Stevens Pass Photo
Colorado's Purgatory picked up a foot of new snow this week. / Purgatory Facebook Photo.