The Snow Gods have been kind to Western states this week, as ski areas and resorts in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho are all starting to look like they could start spinning their lifts at any second.

Utah was hit hardest by the early October storm, with resorts like Park City reporting over 10 inches and Snowbird over 13. Alta received over 15 inches and Southern Utah’s Brian Head Resort reported over two feet of the good stuff.


Utah’s Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon woke up to 13 inches of snow on October 10. PHOTO: Chris Segal

In Colorado, Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin, which always race to see who can open first, both received a few inches and are taking full advantage of the cold temperatures to blow snow. The peaks near neighboring Keystone and Breckenridge saw a dusting, as did Aspen.

October turns from Monday that look mid-winter at Silverton Mountain. PHOTO: Courtesy of Silverton

Southwestern Telluride tallied over five inches and ski patrollers at Silverton even scored the first lift-assisted runs of the season on Monday thanks to a dump that was thigh-deep in some areas.

In Idaho, Sun Valley reported over four inches and Wyoming's Jackson Hole received a decent dusting at the top of the tram.

Opening dates are still a ways off (November 21 is estimated for Park City and November 22 for Telluride), but we're hopeful that this storm is an indication of the winter ahead.