Great news! If you haven't already heard, the snow has well and truly arrived in the Alps and North America. #WinterIsHere is trending on Twitter and we wanted to share a few recent images and videos to inspire you for Winter 2014/15.

  • Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek in Colorado are now all open and there's been enough snow that Vail's back bowls should be open for the Thanksgiving weekend celebrations.
There's still time to buy your Epic Season Pass, giving you access to all these resorts and more, if you're quick! >> Book online here [caption id="attachment_8145" align="aligncenter" width="649"]#winterishere Great shot from Vail - so much powder![/caption]
  • 12 inches of new snow in Breckenridge, here's a clip of the skiing on offer on Peak 9:
  • Elswhere in Colordao, Aspen Snowmass enjoyed a bumper opening weekend:
  • And Steamboat is open, with a base of 86cm already!
[caption id="attachment_8154" align="aligncenter" width="650"]#winterishere Steamboat[/caption]
  • Meanwhile in France, Morzine and Avoriaz are scheduled to partially open on the 13th December (just a couple of weeks from now!) and Alpe d'Huez has had enough of the white stuff that it should be open from the 6th December.
[caption id="attachment_8159" align="aligncenter" width="650"]#winterishere Avoriaz on 20th November[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8160" align="aligncenter" width="649"]#winterishere Alpe d'Huez looking very pretty in the sunshine![/caption]
  • In Canada, Whistler Blackcomb is open for business, with other BC resorts not far behind. Big White has a base of 61cm and opens this coming Saturday.
[caption id="attachment_8144" align="aligncenter" width="650"]#winterishere Get the shovels out! Big White on 26th November[/caption] Further east, Alberta has a cracking snow forecast and Banff is set to receive up to 56cm of new snow on Friday: [caption id="attachment_8143" align="aligncenter" width="651"]#winterishere Up to 56cm of snow forecast for Banff on Friday![/caption] Lastly, we love this video from Jackson Hole. The resort opens today, 27th November: For more information on ski holidays with Ski Independence this winter call our expert team on 0131 243 8097 or request a tailor-made quotation online.