A lack of early snowfall has forced multiple resorts to push back their opening dates for the 2020-21 ski season in the Rockies and throughout New England.
In Colorado, Winter Park Resort made the decision to delay opening to "allow more time to expand on-mountain terrain openings and limit crowding," pushing back its original opening date of November 18th. While a couple of storms have dropped a fresh dose of powder, the resort is anticipating an opening date "no earlier" than November 30th.
"We can’t wait to welcome you when the time is right," Winter Park Resort tweeted.
After careful consideration, we have decided to push back the opening of our 20/21 winter season originally set for 11/18. Based on current information we anticipate opening no earlier than 11/30, but that is subject to change. We can’t wait to welcome you when the time is right. pic.twitter.com/9ewbLpMrRw— Winter Park Resort (@WinterPark) November 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Colorado's Steamboat Resort has re-scheduled its opening date to December 1.
With limited snowmaking and little early season snow, we have made the decision to move our Opening Day to December 1. Current conditions do not provide adequate acreage for the resort to open and comply with mitigation plans. pic.twitter.com/vmIoMO1oQb— #SteamboatResort (@skisteamboat) November 13, 2020
In New England, mild temperatures have sidelined snowmaking efforts throughout the region, including Vermont, where Killington Resort is usually battling to be one of the first resorts in the country to open each season.
Originally slated for Saturday, Nov. 14 (weather & terrain permitting), Opening Day will be pushed back. With temps hovering in the 60s this week, snowmaking is on hold. We will continue to monitor the weather and make snow whenever possible. https://t.co/1Za14CGLoK pic.twitter.com/62GSO6J7WO— Killington Resort (@KillingtonMtn) November 9, 2020