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Snow-vember’ Sees Ski Resorts Open Early Around The World


17 Nov 08 -, is reporting bumper pre-season snow across the northern hemisphere with the Alps, Pyrenees, Scandinavia and the Rockies all receiving huge early snow falls…an increasing number of resorts in Canada, Italy, Norway, Austria, Spain, Switzerland and the US have opened up to a month earlier than planned.

The last southern hemisphere resort, Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand, winds up its 2008 record-snow season this weekend.

However some of the deepest snow depths – with over 1.5 metres (five feet) of fresh powder are at glacier resorts that are already open, amongst them Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland, Tignes in France, Tux in Austria and Passo Tonale in Italy – setting up for a spectacular 2008-9 season in the Alps.

The Pyrenees has seen superb snowfalls on French, Andorran and Spanish resorts.

In Alberta, Canada, the third of Banff’s ski areas, Sunshine, joins the other two, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay, which opened last weekend. Nearby Marmot Basin by the town of Jasper is also opening, on the earliest date in its nearly 50 year history.

In the US, Mammoth in California opened 10 days early and is joined by Killington, Vermont, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Snowbird Utah.
Thanks to Marc Morano for this link

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