More Resorts, Terrain Open Across The West; Northeast Still High And Dry
With up to two feet of new snow this past week, resorts across the west continue to open and expand terrain heading into the weekend.
Aspen Mountain will open for a special “preview weekend” Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15, twelve days earlier than the scheduled opening on Thanksgiving Day. Three lifts and more than 100 acres of terrain will greet skiers and snowboarders on opening day. Skiers will upload and download on the Silver Queen Gondola to access the terrain.
“The rumors are true,” said Rich Burkley, vice president mountain operations, Aspen Skiing Company. “Given the recent series of storms, the cold weather and the hard work of the Aspen Mountain crews it should come as no surprise that we are welcoming skiers and riders to the slopes this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Loveland Ski Area opens additional terrain for the weekend, including Lifts 6 and 2.
“With more snow in the forecast for early next week, and continued cold temps for the snowmakers, we hope to open more terrain very soon!” Loveland posted on its Facebook page.
Meanwhile, California resorts have been getting slammed with much-needed snow! Mammoth Mountain has received more than two feet of snow at the base, and three feet at the summit, over the past week. Mammoth is currently offering 49 of 150 trails and 7 0f 28 lifts. Mt. Rose has picked up a foot of new snow over the past few days and is expanding terrain daily.
Here's even better news: More snow is on the way for the western resorts, according to OpenSnow.com.
“The storm train will continue across the west through next week,” OpenSnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz reported. “One storm will move through western Canada this weekend and will then bring snow to the western U.S. next Monday and Tuesday.”
“Another, perhaps stronger storm will be right on its heels, with snow intensifying in western Canada during the middle of next week, then moving into the western U.S. by late next week,” Gratz added.
Meanwhile, the Northeast and Midwest are warming up the snow dances as mild temperatures keep the snowmakers from performing their magic. Unfortunately, the long-range forecast shows minimal snowmaking opportunities, even for the higher elevations and the snowmaking powerhouses of Killington and Sunday River.
“The next 7 to 10 days do not look too promising,” Northeast Forecaster Brian Clark wrote on the OpenSnow.com blog. “Although temperatures won't be crazy warm like they were for the last half of October and into early November, only the most northern resorts and those that have an elevation advantage will be able to make any snow. Even at those resorts, snowmaking windows will only be at night and will be relatively short.
“Some long range models are indicating that we could start seeing some more sustained cold about a week before Thanksgiving, so there is definitely hope for some skiing over the Turkey Day weekend,” Clark added. “Keep in mind that most major resorts only need day or two of sustained snowmaking in order to get opened up, even if it is just a couple of runs.”
Photos: Top -- Loveland Ski Area continues to open additional terrain thanks to more than two week of snow in the past seven days. (Loveland/Facebook); Below-- The west will continue to see storm after storm this weekend and into next week. (OpenSnow.com)