Calgary-area ski hills set to open this week

While all this snow in the Calgary area is wreaking havoc on local roads and highways, it is good news for skiers and snowboarders.

Nakiska, Norquay and Canada Olympic Park will soon open for business

Ski hills open

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While all this snow in the Calgary area is wreaking havoc on local roads and highways, it is good news for skiers and snowboarders.

Nakiska Mountain Resort, located in Kananaskis just west of Calgary, announced it will be open for business this weekend.

A spokesperson for the company says it's quite unusual to open this early.

"In fact it's never happened before in Canada," said Matt Mosteller. "It's the earliest opening of a ski resort in Canada ever."

But not to be out done, Canada Olympic Park and Norquay have since made announcements of their own.

Norquay says it will open some runs on Thursday and COP says it will have some runs going on Saturday.

Openings follow Calgary's first big snowfall

Mosteller says the combination of early season natural snow and their own snow making means the hill is ready to go.

"I was standing up on the mountain just a little bit ago and it's mid-winter like," said Mosteller.

"It's incredibly amazing because it feels like January. You look around and the surrounding mountains are all white, the trees are loaded with snow — it's just really cool."

A heavy snowfall warning was issued for most of southern Alberta on Monday and lasted until Tuesday afternoon. Calgary was expected to get 15 to 20 centimetres during the warning.