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Season start: Heavy snow in the US, warm in North
The past few days have seen the 2011-12 ski season really take off with the first non-glacier ski areas open following heavy snowfalls in North America and more ski areas opening in the Alps. Over the next month hundreds of ski resorts will open for winter 2011-12.
US resorts normally rely on low temperatures to enable snowmaking guns to operate and thus open a few trails, but this autumn the country has been surprised by several feet of snow falling on parts of the West Coast and most recently, around a foot of ‘unseasonable' snow in New England.
As a result, around nine centres are already open - more than any other country at the start of November - including Boreal in California; Loveland, Arapahoe Basin and Wolf Creek in Colorado, Timberline in Oregon, Killington in Vermont and Sunday River in Maine. The small area of Woodbury in Connecticut also announced it would open last weekend. Resorts due to open soon include Copper Mountain on 5th November and Breckenridge, for its 50th season, on 11.11.11 - both in Colorado.
Austria currently has eight glacier ski areas open along with a 1km long run at Schladming/Planai. Austria can also claim the deepest snow currently to be found north of the equator with 1.7m on the country's highest slopes at Pitztal. In Switzerland, Engelberg and Laax have recently opened their glacier ski areas, the latter at weekends only through November. The Diavolezza glacier near St Moritz is also operating. Les Diablerets is due to open at the weekend.
Only Tignes is currently open in France. Other resorts may open in the latter half of November, particularly Chamonix, if conditions are good and Val Thorens, Europe's highest resort, plans to begin its 40th year anniversary season on the 19th.
Cervinia opened at the weekend for weekend skiing and boarding through November. Passo Tonale is also due to open and join summerski areas Val Senales and Passo Stelvio. Most other Italian areas will open on the last weekend of the month although Madesimo expects to open on the 12th.
Warmer than usual temperatures have delayed the usual start to the Scandinavian ski season. For example, Ruka in Finland began snowmaking in the middle of October but had to stop again and this will be the first year for more than a decade when the resort - which kept a run open until last June, didn't open in October.
The last ski area open in the southern hemisphere for the 2011 ski season is believed to be Turoa on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand. It is scheduled to stay open until this Sunday, November 6th.
Contributed by skiinfo.com