Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Vice President Operations Peggy Hiller, left, talks to skier Scott Hoffman behind plexiglass during the reopening of the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area last season on May 27, 2020 (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
With Thanksgiving almost upon us, six more Colorado ski resorts will open this week, nearly doubling the number in operation and bringing the total to 13.
And just in time, a storm system is expected to drop snow between midnight Monday and Tuesday afternoon between midnight and noon Tuesday in Summit County ski resorts, according to Lisa Kriederman, a National Weather Service forecaster in Boulder. It’s already snowing in the San Juans, which can rise up to 20 centimeters from this system. Vail and Beaver Creek are expected to receive 6 inches.
Eldora is open on Monday. Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Beaver Creek and Crested Butte open Wednesday and Telluride opens Thursday.
Copper Mountain will open next Monday, November 30. Winter Park still doesn’t say, except it won’t open until Monday.
Avid skiers and snowboarders will undoubtedly wonder what kind of snow conditions we can expect this winter. We reached out to the National Weather Service to see what they think about the outlook for mountain snowfall in Colorado during the ski season.
Based on ocean temperature data in the equatorial Pacific, climate experts believe a mild La Niña winter is coming to North America. La Niña years generally prefer our northern mountains for snowfall, while El Niño years generally mean our southern mountains are doing better.
“I think for the northern mountains like Steamboat Springs – pretty much everything in Summit County and north – I would expect at, or slightly above, normal snow,” said Scott Entrekin, a National Weather Service forecaster in Boulder. The ones that won’t do that well are the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado; they are usually drier in a winter in La Niña. “
Here’s what ski resorts tell us about their expected opening dates, all of which are subject to change:
Projected opening dates in Colorado ski resorts
Arapahoe Basin: Open
Land of love: Open
Wolf Creek: Open
Aspen Berg: November 25th
Beaver Creek: November 25th
Crested Butte: November 25th
Snow mass: November 25th
Silverton: Heli-skiing, November 26; elevator operated, December 26
Telluride: November 26
Winterpark: Initial opening has been delayed, says it won’t open until Nov. 30
Copper Mountain: November 30
Steamer: December 1st
Ski Cooper: December 9th
Sunlight: December 11
Aspen Highlands: 12 December
Buttermilk: December 18
No announcement yet: Echo Mountain, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Howelsen Hill, Kendall Mountain, Monarch, Powderhorn.
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