There’s been heavy snowfall in Colorado, and other ski regions in Western North America, over the past 48 hours.

Ski areas have reported up to 50cm/20” of snowfall from the current storm system.

Social media posts have revealed skiers and boarders keen to hit the slopes after seeing all the snowy images and focus is concentrated on two areas in particular.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland (pictured above yesterday by Dustin Schaefer), two of the world’s highest ski areas, traditionally do battle each autumn to see which will be the first to open for the season.

Both had already started snowmaking operations a week ago in readiness to open.

However as yet neither has announced an expected opening date.

Copper Mountain (above), another ski area that usually opens early in the season, is sticking to its planned opening date, posting,

“Wonderful pre-season snow. 931 hours and 22 minutes to go…”

The snow storm led to electricity power cutting out in the area which hampered communications and assessment of slope conditions.

Heavy snow this early in the autumn is not unprecedented ion the region but there has not been such a big snowfall in early October for some years.

Pictured top, Aspen by Jeremy Swanson.  Winter Park below.