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Alberta snow leads to early ski season

Staff writers
October 25, 2012 — Mount Norquay opened its slopes on Thursday and Nakiska Mountain Resort will be operating this weekend, marking one of the earliest ski seasons Canada has ever seen.

There will be plenty of powder on the slopes this weekend (file photo c/o Valerie Poulin)
There will be plenty of powder on the slopes this weekend (file photo c/o Valerie Poulin)

Earlier this week, a fierce snowstorm targeted parts of Alberta, causing traffic delays and reduced visibility.

The upside?

Two Alberta ski areas - Mount Norquay in Banff and Nakiska Mountain Resort near Calgary are opening their doors early.

Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes Thursday at noon after Mount Norquay declared it was open for business.

“We had an incredible winter last year, with near record snowfall and this winter has started off even bigger with more snow and an earlier opening date,” said Matt Mosteller, VP of Sales and Marketing Resorts of the Canadian Rockies as Nakiska made last minute preparations for the weekend.

“...To have this much snow so early is such a great start to the ski season in the Canadian Rockies.”

While most of the snow has tapered off for Alberta, flurries are expected throughout the day Wednesday -- but resort officials say there will be plenty of snow on the slopes this weekend.

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