It's not even the first day of fall, but people in the mountains west of Calgary got an early taste of winter as rain showers turned to snow in Banff National Park Tuesday. 

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There was just a light dusting in the morning in the Banff townsite, but further down the Trans-Canada at Lake Louise Ski Resort the snow has been piling up.

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The white stuff started piling up at the Lake Louise Ski Resort early Tuesday, two days before the arrival of fall. (Lake Louise Ski Resort )

Spokesman Dan Markham says it's a sign the ski season is around the corner.

"We haven't quite gotten ready for the ski season, but people are calling to see how things are going. So people are getting excited and I guess we are not that far away from ski season," he said.

The slopes won't open until Nov. 10.

Environment Canada is forecasting snow in the Banff area at higher elevations for the next few days. 

The unexpected amount of snow forced the resort to halt its summer gondola operations.