October snowfall has been above average, with a widespread storm through the Northwest and much of the Rockies last week. There are few if any indication of advancing opening dates, but the base from this storm will contribute to a good early season with even average November snow. Quite a few areas have reported their October snow. Nearby areas may have snow but have not activated their online report pages yet.
California: Last week's storm dropped only 2-6 inches at Tahoe and none at Mammoth, which had 4-6 inches
in early October.
Pacific Northwest: There has been snow in the Whistler alpine, but it is sticking with its
scheduled Nov. 19 opening. 35 inches so far at Mt. Bachelor, but no word on an early opening there either.
Canadian Rockies and Interior B.C.: 20 inches snow at Whitewater, 26 at Revelstoke and snowmaking underway at Lake Louise.
U. S. Northern Rockies: 46 inches at Whitefish and 39 at Jackson Hole. A promising start for much of the region.
Utah: 48 inches at Alta, 39 at Snowbird, 30-33 at Brighton/Solitude. Backcountry locals were very active last week,
but a warmup is predicted so lift openings have not been advanced.
Northern and Central Colorado: Loveland and A-Basin opened their first snowmaking runs about a week later than usual,
but are now 7% open with assistance from the recent storm. Snow totals: Breckenridge 25, Copper 29, Steamboat 19, Vail 23,
Loveland 28. Breckenridge and Copper will open Nov. 5.
Southern and Western Colorado: The Gothic Snow Lab between Crested Butte and Aspen (snowier climate than either) had
42 inches in October. Wolf Creek is in very limited operation with 15 inches of October snow.
Northeast: There was natural snow in mid-October, 25 inches at Stowe and 16 at Killington. Sunday River opened on
snowmaking Oct. 22 and Killington opens Nov. 2.
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