November 13, 2015 - 11:24 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Big White Ski Resort has officially opened for alpine skiing and several other local ski hills aren’t far behind.
Big White opened today, Nov. 13, about two weeks ahead of schedule for alpine skiing, while Silver Star Mountain opened for nordic skiing yesterday and Sun Peaks Resort welcomed ski teams for alpine training earlier this week.
Big White was reporting a snow base of 46 centimetres at the alpine level this morning and opened several chairs and runs. This is one of the earliest opening days for Big White, with only the 2001/2002 season, Oct. 20, and the 1994/1995 season, Nov. 11, having earlier opening dates.
At Silver Star, nordic skiing opened Nov. 12 with the alpine skiing expected to open Nov. 26. The current snow base is 48 cm at the alpine and 34 cm in the village.
The snow is coming down at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and Silver Star Mountain Resort! Guy Paulsen and the team are excited for opening and Camp 1 on November 20th. The trails are in great shape!
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At Sun Peaks, ski teams took the alpine areas for training earlier this week as the resort prepares for a Nov. 21 official opening. There is currently a mid-mountain snow base of 34 cm.
The smaller local ski hills are still waiting on the weather before officially announcing opening dates, but Harper Mountain near Kamloops is hoping for a Dec. 12 opening date while Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton is hoping for a Dec. 5 opening.
It is unclear whether Mount Baldy will open for the ski season this year while Crystal Mountain is closed for another season.
Whistler Mountain is planning an early opening this year, Nov. 19, with Blackcomb Mountain opening Nov. 26, while Revelstoke is planning to open Nov. 28. There is currently a snow base of 103 cm in Revelstoke, with 36 cm having fallen in the last 24 hours.
Nitehawk Alpine Ski Team from Grand Prairie, Alta., enjoying their pre-season training at Sun Peaks this week.
Image Credit: Sun Peaks Resort via Facebook
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