Early snow ushers in ski cheer in US
December 16 (TravelAndy): Winter sports enthusiasts all over the world have a reason to cheer as America’s 2018-19 ski season has finally arrived, and the ski resorts are all set to make the most of it.
The mercury dipped below average in November and early December, rendering it conducive for ski resorts to have a good and early start. Numerous winter storms deposited large amounts of snow along the slopes of several resorts, such as Keystone, Breckenridge, and Vail, in Colorado, Snowshoe in Virginia, and Seven Springs and Hidden Valley on Pennsylvania, enabling them to open early. Vail’s Blue Sky Basin opened in the first week of December, making it its earliest opening since 2002.
While the Rockies have had one of the best beginnings in years, thanks to the cold wave it saw a month back, the Northeast too received a considerable portion of snow, with New England standing to benefit from it. In Vermont, Stowe experienced over 60 inches of snow by November-end, preparing vast stretches for the season.
Skiers could expect a good season across the western states of Utah, California, central Colorado, and Wyoming, owing to strong storms in the region.
Wyoming recorded 114 inches of snow in Jackson Hole, which opened stretches of its upper terrain, while Utah’s Salt Lake side of the Wasatch collected 110 inches in a few weeks.
Ski resorts could remain busier during the holidays this year compared with the earlier ones, with an early arrival of winter across North America.