The heavy snow in the Alps this September has been followed in the past few days by some serious snowfalls in Western North America.

Snow was first reported on high peaks in Idaho, Montana and some parts of BC north of the border in Canada at the weekend but the past 36 hours have seen much more widespread snowfall.

Jackson Hole has already received two snow dumps since Saturday.

Last Day of Summer

Raw GoPro footage from the last day of summer in Jackson Hole. Photos from today: http://bit.ly/2jOXAYn

Posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Donnerstag, 21. September 2017

 

Much of the snow fell on the last day of summer – 21st September, according to the astronomical calendar – although in many ski areas it continued snowing through to the first day of autumn, today, too.

Few ski areas have been measuring these initially flurries but Marmot Basin near Jasper in Alberta Canada counted 35cm (14”) at mid-mountain yesterday and 30cm (12”) at the base with the snow still falling (Pictured below).

Other than Timberline ski area on Mt Hood in Oregon which operates a 10-11 month ski season most years using a permanent snow field, the earliest ski area openings in North America are normally on high slopes in Colorado during October and are often thanks to snowmaking efforts.

Mammoth, pictured top, only ended its 16-17 season last month, it plans to re-open on November 9th for winter 17-18.