Samantha Hayes ReportingSki resorts are measuring a couple of inches of snow today, but it's quite a bit different from this week last year. On October 28 last year, Brighton and a few other resorts were preparing for a Halloween weekend opening because several feet of snow were on the ground.
Brighton ski resort had its earliest opening in 21 years. Snow cats groomed the slopes and folks pulled out their skis and snowboards early. Fast forward to this year. After a warm, dry fall, they are happy to have a little snow on the mountain; that happened overnight.
Resorts are going through the motions, warming up the ski lifts and snowblowers and some folks are showing up to get their season passes. If the temperature stays cold, Brighton says it may open in two weeks.
Mary Wittke, Brighton Ski Resort: "We will open the minute we can. Generally our opening date is around the 10th of November, and if we can, earlier."
Will it be a wet winter like that year? Hydrologist Brian McInerney says that's a tough question to answer.
Brian McInerney: "The key issue is we really don't have a good forecast skill to do long-range forecasts. We don't have a strong El Nino or La Nina pattern in the equitorial Pacific."
Last October set quite a record, it was the wettest in 10 years.