Some may see the heavy snow in Cochrane as a curse, but local skiers and snowboards are rejoicing the accumulation in the mountains.

Banff Sunshine Village Ski Resort officially opened its lifts today, the first to do so in Canada, but the other resorts in the area are not far behind. 

Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mount Norquay Ski Resort are set to open tomorrow. Nakiska Ski Area opens on Saturday (Nov 5) and Winsport in Calgary is slated to open for its season on November 25, 2022.

Many resorts pushed their opening date forward by more than a week thanks to not only heavy snow in the mountains, but the weather shifting below the freezing point in many of the areas.