Snow Conditions in USA (23 November 2015)
There are some fantastic early-season conditions to report across much of the USA on Monday 23rd November. Following a very cold and snowy November things are shaping up really nicely ahead of the approaching Thanksgiving holidays.
The pick of the conditions are currently in Colorado, where more runs seem to be opening on a daily basis thanks to extensive snowmaking and a good deal of fresh snowfall last week. Month totals of around 100cm have been recorded at most of our featured resorts, enabling the likes of Aspen (30/76cm) to open up with great conditions. The best skiing is probably at the highest resorts in the state – Arapahoe Basin (81cm) and Loveland (86cm) where there has been some excellent skiing both on and off piste in recent days. Vail (58cm) is however offering by far the most extensive skiing, with well over 1200 acres freshly groomed for skiers daily. More snow is expected to land before Thanksgiving which is great news, when any remaining resorts are set to open.
There was some decent skiing in Utah too, with some nice powder stashes reported at both Alta (51cm) and Snowbird (56cm) over the weekend. Park City (45cm) also opened up a couple of lifts over the weekend, building the anticipation for the unveiling of the brand new Quicksilver Interconnect gondola that links it to Canyons for the 2015/2016 season.
Further north in Wyoming and Montana the season is set to kick off for Thanksgiving, with both Jackson Hole (28/46cm) and Big Sky (51/76cm) looking to open up with top-to bottom riding on excellent early season snow. More snow is forecast too so be sure to pack warm layers and the powder skis – even in November!
Across in California the great start to the season continued over the weekend, with sunny skies allowing skiers and riders to access the excellent November snowfall. The pick of the conditions were at Mammoth (56/106cm), where 14 of the resort’s 28 lifts were turning over the weekend, and also at Squaw Valley (48/58cm) where the Funitel and Aerial Tram were spinning this weekend.
Sadly winter has been put on hold somewhat in recent weeks on the east coast, however colder temperatures on Monday enabled snow guns to fire at all of our featured resorts. Limited skiing was on offer at Killington (10/31cm) and Sunday River (0/5cm) but expect more resorts to slowly open up as the powerful snowmaking systems crank out snow over the coming days.