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La Nina is creating stellar snow conditions for skiers again this year. Many western resorts are starting the season earlier than expected (and a few have opened already), with fantasy-inducing powder. What are you waiting for?

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Opening day at Lake Louise was Nov. 5, and more terrain opened up Nov. 17.

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The contentental divide chair at Sunshine Village in Banff National Park. The resort opened Nov. 17.

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Nancy Greene tests a run at Sun Peaks, which opened earlier this week.

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On Nov. 9, Cypress Mountain, just 30 minutes from Vancouver, was the first resort to open in B.C.

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort has a solid snow base of almost 100 cm. The Stoke and The Ripper lifts will open Nov. 26 and 27.

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Whistler Mountain will open six days early on Nov. 18. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Nov. 24, Whistler Blackcomb's official opening day.

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Mt. Norquay in Banff, Alta., opened on Nov. 5. The resort is open on weekends until Dec. 2.

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Nakiska, Calgary's closest mountain, was the first ski area in Canada to open for regular season operation on Oct. 29. Currently, the resort is open just on weekends.

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Fernie Alpine Resort as seen on Nov. 14 - it will be open for a preview weekend of skiing on Nov. 26 and 27.

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Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park, opened Nov. 11.

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