Ski Resorts Get Ready For Season Openings

Ski Resorts Get Ready For Season Openings

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Gene Kennedy reporting A storm has been dropping some much needed snow in the mountains. Several Utah ski resorts were hoping to open this weekend, but may have to wait until next week.

Resorts still need some more snow, as well as drop the temperatures.

At Snowbird, it has been just cold enough to make manmade snow. At elevations around 9000 feet, there is a 12 to 18 inch mixture of snow and manmade snow on the ground. Even with the recent snowfall, Snowbird officials say they need at least two more feet of snow.

Because of last years early opening, Snowbird officials say expectations have been changed.

Dave Fields, Snowbird Marketing: “Last year was the perfect storm in a good way. When you can be open for 201 days starting of November 5th, that’s everybody’s dream. Its good for everyone. It’s good for the resort, it’s good for the tourism industry, it’s good for the retail outlets down in the valley. But we can’t expect that. The important thing to remember is that was last year, and now it’s a different year.”

Officials at Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon tell KSL the earliest they can open is Monday, November 21st. But again, that is dependent on the weather cooperating.

The warmer temperatures have also been causing problems for resorts. Park City has been unable to make snow due to the warmer than usual temperatures.

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