One Colorado resort that doesn’t open until next month says it has already had more snowfall this month than in any previous October since it opened.

Steamboat says it has had 110cm (44 inches) of snowfall since October 1st.

The first two ski resorts to open in North America for winter 2019-20, a fortnight ago, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone, are  both reporting increasingly snowy conditions, as are other resorts across the state, where most will be opening over the next four weeks.

The latest, Loveland, opened earlier today.

It has been a different picture on the Eastern side of the US where there’s another battle to be the first to open, usually requiring snowmaking.  But it has been too warm and sometimes wet for much of this month for effective snowmaking.

A cold spell is expected over the coming week here too though so it’s likely some will be able to open next week.

Meanwhile the first ski area in Canada, Nakiska, is scheduled to open this weekend too, as well as the first in California, Mt Rose.

Three more Colorado areas aim to open on November 1st and 2nd this weekend – Eldora, Wolf Creek and Monarch. Wolf Creek was the first to open in the US last season whilst Monarch will have its earliest opening in its 50 year history, three weeks earlier than planned.