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Canadian ski resort has earliest opening in over 30 years

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 11:58 AM - Calling all skiers and snowboarders!

Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta is the first Canadian ski resort to open this season. Not only that, but it's the earliest opening in over 30 years for the resort.

"A large amount of precipitation starting in early October means the champagne powder snow has piled up fast," Dave Riley, the resort's chief operating officer said in a press release. "The Sunshine Village team has been working incredibly hard and we are thrilled to be the first resort in Canada to open its doors to our guests."

A quarter of the runs and four of the lifts are open Thursday, including Wawa, Strawberry, Jackrabbit and Wolverine, along with a magic carpet run and one eight-passenger gondola. In addition, full ski school programs, including Tiny Tiger and Kids Kampus programs, also start Thursday.

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While it is early in the season, skiers and snowboarders are advised to use caution as there may be unmarked natural hazards around the resort.

"With a current base of over 69 cm of all-natural snow, Sunshine Village is poised for a solid start to the 2016-2017 season," the release highlighted.

Last year the resort opened on Nov. 14, which is a typical start time. 

It seems Sunshine Village isn't the only place that has received a generous offering from Mother Nature.

According to an October release from Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, "Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort in B.C. have already been hit with major Thanksgiving snowstorms, while Nakiska Ski Area in Alberta has been getting consistent snowfall since the beginning of October."

Lake Louise is expected to open on Nov. 11, with Nakiska and Marmot Basin on Nov. 11. As of Thursday, Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, B.C. has the most accumulation in terms of snow pack, with a recorded 97 cm.

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