Earliest season start on record in the USA

Wed 07 October 09

Over in Europe there isn't even the hint that a new season becons, but over in the USA the new winter season has just started with Las Vegas being one of the first resorts to open in what is the earliest start ever

There's always a bit of bun fight as to which resort will be the first to open. Usual suspects include A-basin in Colorado, but this year there's a new face in town.

Loveland Ski Area became the first resort in the country to open this season. It's all man-made and with only 1 lift and 1 run open, so don't book that flight just yet

Sunday evening marked the earliest snowmaking ever at Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort. As a cold front blew through the region, overnight temperatures at the ski area dropped down to 20 degrees. LVSSR‘s snowmaking crew was prepared to take full advantage of the cold snap, utilizing 9 guns throughout the night blowing snow into the early morning.

Current snowmaking efforts are being focused on the beginner slope, Rabbit Peak, in an effort to build the snow base and open the resort for the 2009–2010 season, as soon as conditions allow.

With cold air on the mountain, we expect to see good conditions for snowmaking through most of this week. Our snowmakers will keep a close eye on the weather and continue making snow whenever possible,” Craig Baldwin, Base Operations Manager. “Our goal is be the first ski area to open in the country!

Arapahoe Basin ski area officials announce that its opening day for their 2009-2010 ski season will be Friday, October 9, 2009, the ski area’s earliest opening in history.

The Exhibition chairlift will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Friday. Skiers and riders can look forward to an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run and six features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There will be no beginner skiing.

Snowmaking at Loveland pass, A-basin 6th October 09
Snowmaking at Loveland pass, A-basin 6th October 09
Photo: Kimberly Trembearth

Sun Valley got its first snowfall of the season with a 17inch dump and if things keep going the way they are, they will be changing the 26th November opening date

Aspen is still getting plenty of early snow, and here's the picture from the 5th October

Aspen Snow Independence Pass, 5th October 09
Aspen Snow Independence Pass, 5th October 09
Photo: Jeremy Swanson

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So record early start in the USA, and following the earliest recorded snowfall on Mt Fuji back in August, comes the first snowfall of the season at Hakuba. Could this be one epic winter?

Big Snowfalls in Europe

Wed 14 October 09, Kaprun, Austria

Huge dumps on the Austrian Glaciers and in the USA. Southern Hemisphere resorts set to re-open

Final line-up announced at the London Freeze

Final line-up announced at the London Freeze

Wed 14 October 09

Pendulum, Chase & Status and Example join Orbital, Eagles of Death Metal and Friendly Fires to complete the music line-up and Petja Piiroinen, Risto Mattila, Stefan Gimpl join Brits Ben Kilner, Dom Harington, Jamie Nicholls amongst a strong snowboard line-up

Nakiska Ski Resort 2009 improvements

Wed 14 October 09

New Detachable Quad Chairlift, 31 new snow cannons and some trail enhancements complete the line-up, and the resort should be opening on 7th November

Austria deep in it

Austria deep in it

Sun 18 October 09, St Anton, Austria

Feast on these shots from Austria as the mid week storm dumped some serious pow. 150cm fresh on the Hintertuxer glacier, 49 cm in Sölden, 40 cm in Saalbach-Hinterglemm and 30cm in Ischgl.

Arapahoe Basin, USA

“Great value, will push your abilities. Can't stay on-mountain, but the extended season makes this a definite must-see!”

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