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Huge Early November Snowfall in Alps and North America

There have been huge snowfalls in Europe and North America over the weekend – and in many areas the snow is still falling and is expected to continue to do so all week.

About 25 ski areas are already open for the 2017-18 ski season in the Alps and some of these reported up to 90cm (three feet) of fresh snow since Saturday.  At some areas the snow is expected to continue falling all week.  The Stubai glacier, one of the areas that has had the most snow, is pictured above and below.

In North America snow fall that began in Alberta and BC in Canada has expanded to cover much of the west of the continent.

Kicking Horse ski area in BC, Canada says it has had over 90cm (three feet) of fresh snow and Banff’s ski area of Norquay as well as fellow Alberta area Nakiska have already opened for the season.  The first in the country to do so.

November 110cm storm!

Here's what 92cm in 48h looks like!Full snow report: Video from the Alpine Bowls by bootpacker Ben Grace

Posted by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort on Freitag, 3. November 2017


Lake Louise has moved forward its planned opening date – this Friday November 10th, to now be opening tomorrow, Tuesday November 7th.  Sunshine has also moved its opening day forward to Wednesday, November 8th.

Back in Europe the snow has been falling down to resort level in most ski areas and it has also been falling on mountains across the continent with ski areas in the Pyrenees, Dolomites, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Scotland (Glencoe, above) all reporting good snow falls.

Pictured below Grand Tourmalet in the French Pyrenees which received 30cm on November 5th at 1800m:



  1. tim

    7th November 2017 7:40 am

    Didnt this happen last season? Then it didnt snow again till the new year….lets hope it stays cold and we get snow in 4 weeks when we will need it for the season opening!

    • Patrick Thorne

      7th November 2017 8:46 am

      It did indeed, Alpe d’Huez and (for a day or two) Courchevel opened early, although this year we seem to have had more September/October snowfalls in the Alps ahead of the big early-Nov snowfall. As you say lets hope it doesn’t now all stall for two months again.

  2. Rhys Jaggar

    7th November 2017 8:30 am

    I have seen no evidence of huge snowfalls in Europe. There is indisputable evidence of 20-30cm, which is a moderate snowfall. The snowfall at Glencoe is a nice covering, but nowhere near enough for piste machines to get out. Winter hillwalkers will enjoy that, but no Scottish skiers will be.

    There is nothing more irresponsible than bigging up moderate early November snowfall, when history teaches us that snowfall between November 20th and December 10th is what makes for a great start to winter tourism.

    • snowfore

      7th November 2017 8:41 am

      Thanks for your comment Rhys. Everyone’s excited to see the mountains turning white, and as reported from resorts such as Stubai and Kicking Horse, 50-100cm have indeed fallen in the last few days. Please rest assured that Snow-Forecast is not going to become like the Express with “snowmageddon” posts every other day!

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