Snow in the Rockies tips opening day dominoes
It’s happening!!! In a neck and neck race to the starting line, Sunshine Village has just edged out Lake Louise Ski Resort & Gondola by one day, to kickstart the season this Thursday, November 3. (Check out the latest from the Sunshine webcam, in the image above, from Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022.)
Lake Louise Ski Resort & Gondola will be Western Canada’s second ski resort to open for the 2022-23 season this coming Friday, November 4.
Will you be there? This is what Lake Louise looked like on October 28… and the snow keeps coming.
By November 5, Nakiska is aiming to open too!
Let's have a look around at how things are stacking up.
Nakiska Ski Area
A 48-hour snowfall total of 40cm, increasing its total to 60cm of settled base, enabled Sunshine to claim first chair bragging rights for the 2022-23 ski season.
And the Banff area isn’t the only part of Alberta getting some help from Mother Nature recently…
Did you see Marmot Basin’s 5-day snowfall? A whopping 79 cm, and the precip keeps coming!
Further west, the snowpack is setting up in BC’s interior too.
Kicking Horse notched 69 cm this week.
Revelstoke got a solid 57 cm in seven.
And Fernie reported a respectable 36cm over that period.
For all the latest snow conditions, be sure to check our Snow Conditions page.
And we’ve updated our Opening Dates tally to capture all the latest updates. Get ready, because here comes winter!
Expect most of Alberta’s resorts to be open by mid-November, with BC following suit shortly after with a slew of mid-November to mid-December openings.
Early season is a special time as the first snowfalls fly and we reacclimate to the special joy that is shredding up the snow.
But take it easy out of the gates! Early snowpacks need time to mature and you can still find occasional bottomless pockets around trees and glades if you meander too far from the main runs. Now is not the time for hero lines in the slackcountry or backcountry.
Respect safety closures, resort fences and caution signs. Those popsicles on runs are there for a reason. Ski within your ability and ease into the season, so you can enjoy a long and happy one! We're just getting started.
See you in the lift line.