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Record snowfall in Europe and North America -
ski resorts open


11 Nov 08 - A series of snowstorms since early November in North America and late October in Europe has enabled several ski resorts to open ahead of schedule.

The Italian resort of Bormio opened a month early after heavy snowfalls at the end of October and start of November delivered 50 inches to the resort's upper slopes. 

Hintertux, in Austria, already boasting 60 inches of snow, expects a further 30 inches over the next few days. Obergurgl, which expects 25 inches of snow midweek, is set to open on Friday.

In Switzerland, Zermatt already has more than two metres of snow on its upper slopes, while Saas Fee has 75 inches. Both resorts expect a further 20 inches this week.

More heavy snow is forecast for many resorts across Austria, Switzerland and Italy this week.

Geilo, in Norway, has also opened three weeks early with a 25-inch base.

The Scottish resorts of Cairngorm and The Lecht have seen some early flurries and were briefly open at the start of November.   

The U.S. resort of Snowbird, in Utah, opened last Friday - the second earliest start in the resort's 38-year history - after 35 inches of snow over the weekend. Parts of America's west coast has received significant snowfalls recently and it looks like mid-winter rather than autumn in many resorts,' said a spokesman for the Ski Club of Great Britain.

Other resorts to open early include Mammoth, in California, which opened 10 days early. Skiers who headed to its slopes last weekend were rewarded with 15ins of fresh powder.

Mount Norquay, in Canada - part of Banff's Big Three ski area, along with Lake Louise and Sunshine Village - opened almost three weeks early.

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