Opening Early : Northstar, Heavenly, & Copper; 36" Reported at Mammoth

Could this be the winter we’ve all been waiting for?  As reports of resorts opening early due to heavy early season snowfall continue to roll in, and pictures of blower pow from Mammoth, the PNW, and Colorado start to surface, the excitement for a solid season is at an all-time high.

Recent storms cycles have produced enough accumulation in the Tahoe area for Northstar and Heavenly to bump up their opening to Saturday, November 14th.

Heavenly Opening Early

Things are stacking up nicely at Heavenly. Photo: Heavenly

"We've already received about three feet of snow overall this season which, combined with around-the-clock operation from the West Coast's two largest snowmaking systems, has created a great early-season base and the best snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe," said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer.

After receiving over 14 inches of fresh, Copper Mountain in Colorado also scooted their opening day to Wednesday, November 11, 2015, and by the look of things, it’ll be a pow day.

Early Season Snow at Copper

Blazing. Photo: Copper

Mammoth opened a week early and has been enjoying one helluva November with the best early season conditions they've had in the past five years. As of Tuesday, a recent storm dumped 20 to 36 inches for full-on pow conditions.

Mammoth Early Season

Bluebird and pow. The best. Photo: Mammoth

All of this snow is more than welcomed, but is it too early to sing the praises of that warm blob of water in the Pacific known as El Gargantuan Godzilla Niño? Joel Gratz, Meteorologist for, cautions yes.

"The snow is good news for now, but it doesn’t change our thoughts about the rest of the season," says Gratz.

"El Niño is responsible for general weather patterns, but we shouldn’t pin individual storms on El Niño. For now, the storm track has been good for the Pacific Northwest, Tahoe, and Colorado and that should continue for at least the next one to two weeks," continued Gratz.

Things certainly are piling up, so get out there while the getting is good… We're just hoping Mother Nature doesn't blow her load too early.

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