We track the startling resort openings and steady accumulation of what astrophysicists are now calling “light matter” or more casually “pow pow.”
Whistler, BC— When the weather broke on November 1, a helicopter carrying five athletes took flight from this remote outpost somewhere north of Seattle. The exploratory team debarked on the Blackcomb Glacier where guides promptly dug a snow study pit while—we assume—the “athletes” smoked cigarettes impatiently. Their findings: nearly eight inches of fresh powder on a 70-inch base. One by one, the posse surfed high-altitude fluff turns. Early reports indicate that everyone present was “super stoked.” Tune back in for video of the high fiving.
While Whistler Blackcomb’s opening day is slated for November 27, those prescient turns offer tangible proof that winter will indeed follow autumn this year. We here at Logbook News are ready to make that call anyway.
We were going to put the rest of this thrilling reportage into a killer infographic, but decided on bullets instead.
-Ten inches of snow fell at Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley in Tahoe. Squaw fired up snow guns Saturday night and hopes to open by November 26. Farther south, Mammoth picked up 16 inches from the storm. Ski season kicks off in the Eastern Sierra on November 13.
-Moving east, the front dropped enough snow at Utah’s Alta ski area for a few hiking skiers to pick up a core shot or two. Jackson, Wyoming saw the Tetons turn white over the weekend. (Odd, Swami’s Tetons turn red when they’re cold.) And in Colorado, Loveland ski area opened for the season on Saturday with an 18-inch base and 1,000 vertical feet of skiing. Aspen pulled up to nine inches from the stormin advance of opening day on November 27.
-On Monday, residents of Whitefish, Montana woke up to four inches of snow in town and 11 inches on the resort’s 6,817-foot summit.
-Back East, a Halloween Northeaster unleashed eight inches on Sugar Mountain in North Carolina. Sugar started snowmaking Friday night and opened for the season on Sunday with a base that varied from 10 to 30 inches. Snowshoe, West Virginia picked up four inches, with plans to open November 26. In Vermont, Killington pumped 720,000 gallons of water through snow guns Friday night. Monday marked the first day of their season for pass holders, with the general public welcome on Tuesday. And in Maine, Sunday River spun chairs on the Locke Mountain Triple Monday morning, and opened the T2 trail. —Olivia Dwyer