The weather had taken a turn for the better in western North America over the past week with heavy snowfall for many at the start of the week followed by low temperatures and more snow up high over the past few days.

Arapahoe Basin was the first in Colorado to open last Sunday (pictured top), more down to its snowmaking efforts through October than the snowfall but looking good.

A second Colorado area, Keystone, will open tomorrow (Friday) and says it has a two-mile long slope ready to roll.  A third area, Loveland, has groomers on the hill and also appears close to opening.

The heaviest snowfall so far though has been reported in Utah and Montana where Alta and Big Sky (pictured above on Monday) each reported more than two feet (60cm) of snowfall over the first few days of the week.

The snowfall has been widespread with the Pacific Northwest reporting good falls there and the first dustings for some Californian centres too.

It has kept snowing in many areas and resorts like Crested Butte posted over a foot of fresh snowfall accumulated on Thursday.

North of the border there’s been lots of snow reported for inland BC and Alberta where Canada’s ski season is expected to start in a week’s time at Lake Louise and Mt Norquay on 4 November, all being well.

November, starting next Tuesday, is the month when many of North America’s leading areas hope to open for their 22-3 ski seasons.