Snow snippets: 26 October

26th October 2010, by Chris Gill

Whistler in white

Whistler in white

With Europe reporting heavy snowfalls yesterday, we were then sent a load of pics from the US and Canada where …. it has been, er, snowing! Many resorts are receiving their first significant snowfalls of the season, while others enjoy another chilly blast pre-Thanksgiving – when they hope to be open for ski business.

So, here are the latest pics from Whistler – with 20-30cm of fresh snow, delivered by La Nina (which they are fully expecting to bring the resort a good winter). Meteorologists are calling for a La Niña weather cycle for the Pacific Northwest, meaning cooler temperatures and more snow than Whistler Blackcomb’s annual average of 10.25m. The resort is offering discounts of up to 30% on lodging / lift packages if you book before 15 November.

In the US, Telluride is turning white again, with almost 50cm of new snow at mid-mountain and more up on top of Palmyra Peak and Revelation Bowl. The wintry weather is set to continue for a few more days yet. The resort plans a 25 November opening, with new and improved tree runs, more terrain park features and snowcat rides for dinner at the Alpino Vino wine bar on Gold Ridge.

Telluride, Colorado

Sun Valley, Idaho, also reported fresh snow for Mt Baldy – about 30-40cm. And over in California, Squaw Valley is putting the finishing touches to its summer developments under a light dusting of new snow this week. The resort has been revamping its on-mountain dining over the past couple of seasons; this year, with a renovation to the Olympic House. And they’ll be a new kids’ terrain park too.

Not so bald … Mt Baldy, Sun Valley

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