Friday, 20 November 2015
Snowfall raises skiers' hopes
Good news for skiers from the Rockies and encouraging signs in the Alps. Colorado's Vail (see video above) opens today, with nine lifts in operation. Following storms that have dumped over a foot of snow and temperatures ideal for snow making, the resort hasn't seen a better opening day in a decade. The new, six passenger Avanti Express chair is scheduled to carry visitors for the first time and Game Creek Bowl should open. Elsewhere in Colorado, Steamboat was opening for the weekend after significant snowfall this month. In Utah, Alta was open today, with 20 inches of fresh snow this morning and a big storm forecast for Thanksgiving weekend at the end if they coming week. That means neighbouring Snowbird and - with any luck - other Utah resorts including Park City and Deer Valley - should ansi be blanketed with powder. In Canada, Sun Peaks in British Columbia was opening today after storms which have produced some 75cms of fresh snow. At resorts In the French Alps heavy rain was forecast to turn to heavy snow. In Val d'sere, for example, chichis scheduled to open on November 28, snow was forecast to fall down to 600 metres by Sunday. Elsewhere snow was forecast this weekend and on and off through next week at resorts from St Anton to Kitzbuhel in Austria, Zermatt to Davos in Switzerland and Courmayeur in Italy. Sub zero temperatures suggest there's reasonable chance this may not prove a false dawn - so don't salivate too much yet but start preparing for the new season with a work out or two. Remember, this RockyMountain resorts are very high and altitude sickness is extremely unpleasant. And the best snow in European resorts this early in the winter will also almost certainly be on the highest slopes. So besides stretching, a little heart lung exercise is a very good idea.