Lookout Mountain opened up to skiers and riders this morning, bringing the total number of open runs to 56.

And, with epic early season snow conditions, mountain operations officials say the Great Divide chair won't be far behind.

Today's opening means a total of 10 lifts are now operating at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort: six quads - Angel, Standish, Jackrabbit, WaWa, Wolverine, Strawberry - as well as the TeePee double and, of course, the high-speed gondola, along with two magic carpets. The ski-out, Banff Avenue, is also open from the Village to the parking lot.

Early season conditions are nothing short of "incredible," said John Scurfield, Senior Vice-president Resort operations, Marketing and Sales. "One visit, and you'll see why we say we have Canada's Best Snow."

“With this snowfall we received this weekend conditions are improving daily,” said Senior Slopes Supervisor Adam Towers.

Mountain Manager Al Matheson, who oversees safety and ski patrol, noted that early conditions still exist. Skiers and riders are advised to be on the lookout for unmarked natural hazards.

Weather forecasters say the enduring La Niña effect will deliver yet another season of deep powder to Sunshine Village.

Some experts predict this season will bring lots of the white stuff to the ski and snowboard resort in Banff National Park.

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