It just keeps getting better and better. We are absolutely thrilled that the 2013-14 season is already tee-ing up to be a good one for snowfall—and widespread, early ski resort openings.
Most of the West and Northwest U.S. mountains are already blanketed in what looks like mid-January levels of snow, and yet another snow storm is blowing into California, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico now through Friday night.
Snow forecasters are projecting anywhere from about six inches to multiple feet of snow—specifically for Southern Colorado’s San Juan mountains. Telluride, which is located in the San Juan mountains, woke up to about four inches of snow this morning and much more is expected to fall during the next 36 hours.
While forecasters are admitting that the storm’s strong easterly wind is making totals difficult to project, the good news is that the better part of six inches has already fallen at many ski resorts in the storm’s path, including Utah’s Alta (5″) and Snowbird (5″), and California’s Mammoth (5″) and Kirkwood (8″). New Mexico’s Taos could see anywhere from 6-16 inches.
Throughout the last month, there’s been a consistent slew of snow storms and colder temperatures over much of the Western U.S., prompting many resorts to open early. This upcoming weekend and holiday week will see several more ski resort openings, including Vail (11/22), Snowmass (11/22), Alta (11/22), Heavenly (11/22), Winter Park’s Mary Jane (11/26), Steamboat (11/28), Telluride (11/28), Crested Butte (11/27), Taos (11/28) and Squaw (11/27).
If you’re looking for an affordable last-minute Thanksgiving getaway we’re offering some incredible lodging deals to Crested Butte. Plus, the resort offers all guests free lift tickets on opening day, so you can save even more mullah. Be sure to check back tomorrow, Friday, November 22, for new Crested Butte deals, as we’re constantly updating our offerings.
In other opening day news, Park City Mountain Resort will kick off their 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 23. Although the snow storm isn’t expected to have much impact on Jackson Hole, the Wyoming resort is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day—Thursday, November, 28. Jackson Hole has already received 84 inches of snow this fall.
The aforementioned resorts will join the following North American resorts that have already opened for the season:
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.