First Snow Has Fallen and Resorts are Open! - MountainWatch Travel

First Snow Has Fallen and Resorts are Open!

As the mountains across the Northern Hemisphere are starting to disappear under a blanket of snow, ski enthusiasts around the world are starting to dust off their gear, in preparation for those first powder turns! In Japan, Niseko and Hakuba stand out, after receiving some serious amounts these last weeks, setting the stage for an exhilarating season of powder pursuits. Meanwhile, across the Pacific, the renowned Banff ski resort has flung open its slopes to eager skiers and snowboarders. Over in Aspen and Whistler, the lifts will start spinning on Thursday and there’s more snow in the forecast! Let’s dig in!


In the heart of the Japanese Alps, the picturesque town of Hakuba welcomed its first snowfall of the season this past week. What was only supposed to be a few centimeters, turned into a full on Japanese powder show. With about 15-20cm dropping down in the villages, up on the mountains those numbers were tripled leaving 40 – 70cm of Japow! As thick snowflakes fell from the sky, the entire region transformed into a winter wonderland, setting the stage for months of outdoor adventures and unparalleled snow fun!


Over in Hokkaido, it’s been snowing on and off for a few weeks now, and the first powder turns were earned at Asahidake – Hokkaido’s highest mountain. November 15 also saw some serious dumpage in Niseko, providing not only stunning scenes towards Mt Yotei, but also keen locals getting amongst it earning those first powder turns:


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The forecast for Niseko is looking promising with continuous snowfall all week! Soon we’ll all be sharing pow turns off the peak again!


Heading over to Nth America, and Aspen is set to open the first lifts THIS THURSDAY!
It’s safe to say opening day is looking mint after many days of solid snow storms, some of which completely buried the Aspen snow stake!
Looking at the forcasts, opening day is looking sunny but then the next storm is on its way. Exact numbers are yet to be seen but the seasons forecasts is looking very promising!

Aspen is a must-see, bucket list destination for many snow lovers so if you haven’t been. This could be the year!


The incredible Whistler resort is also gearing up for opening day, this Thursday! Voted #1 Canadian ski resort for a second consecutive year, this season is set to be an absolute cracker!

This week we should see the base growing before a bluebird opening later in the week. Long range forecasts for all of Nth America is looking very solid, with above average snowfall. Meaning Whistler should be on your list of snow destinations for this season! Check out how they are gearing up for Thursday:


Banff has been open for the last few weeks, and keen skiers and boarders have been enjoying some great early season conditions!
With more and more lifts opening each day, it’s not long until all 3 Ski Big Three resorts will be operating at full capacity! Looking at the days ahead, after a bit of snow early on, the rest of the weeks looks stunning, with light winds and cold, bluebird days! Getting us very excited for the season ahead! You down?


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