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Old 11-13-2017, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Given that there has not been significant snow so far this year, I cannot understand how some of the ski resorts are already open, and others are on schedule to open in the next couple of weeks? How is this possible, given that the base snow pack needs to be about 30"?
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:47 AM
 
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Snowmaking can be done at the lower temps on various runs.

"being open" doesn't mean the whole mountain is open, just a run or two is enough for the claim.

"on schedule to open" again only means that a few runs need to be open. As the season/snow develops, more of the mountain can be opened up. A couple of storm fronts coming through can completely change the conditions in a matter of a week or two.

The tourist industry depends upon bookings made long before the ski season starts each year. Some years, the slopes are in OK shape, some years ... not. Some years, very good early season skiing is in store. You make your reservations and take your chances.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Snowmaking can be done at the lower temps on various runs.

"being open" doesn't mean the whole mountain is open, just a run or two is enough for the claim.

"on schedule to open" again only means that a few runs need to be open. As the season/snow develops, more of the mountain can be opened up. A couple of storm fronts coming through can completely change the conditions in a matter of a week or two.

The tourist industry depends upon bookings made long before the ski season starts each year. Some years, the slopes are in OK shape, some years ... not. Some years, very good early season skiing is in store. You make your reservations and take your chances.
This.

Go to your favorite resort’s website and look at how much terrain is open. A Basin has 6 of 107 trails open right now. Their water rights allow them to make snow through December 31st every year.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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Given that there has not been significant snow so far this year, I cannot understand how some of the ski resorts are already open, and others are on schedule to open in the next couple of weeks? How is this possible, given that the base snow pack needs to be about 30"?
As far as the mountain snow goes, the ski season is just beginning. One word here......patience.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:59 PM
 
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"being open" doesn't mean the whole mountain is open, just a run or two is enough for the claim.
An acquaintance of mine who has been skiing in Colorado for 50+ years amusingly described this phenomena as the "white ribbon of death," where a single run is open from snowmaking machines that hundreds/thousands willing to risk life and limb all crowd onto at the same time. In his mind this is madness, and I tend to agree. Just because something is "open" doesn't mean it should be done. But its a free country so those who want to crowd onto the WROD are free to do so!
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:10 PM
 
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November is definitely not prime skiing season in Colorado. You can do it, but not really the best snow yet.
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Thanks for all the quick answers. I am a "green" skier, and I don't like skiing on crowded runs.
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:53 PM
 
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There are “dry” snow times, but the first Thanksgiving we were in Colorado in 2002, my SIL flew out from So. Calif. and had a Timeshare for Thanksgiving just off of I-70 by Dillon Lake. We went up to spend Thanksgiving with her. On Thanksgiving Eve evening, it snowed like mad. On Black Friday we drove thru a few areas in our Toyota 4-Runner. One of those areas was Breckenridge Ski Resort. The place was packed with people.

Guess some Thanksgiving holidays it’s like that, while others not.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:49 PM
 
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(IMO) Best skiing is mid Feb. to mid Mar. ... lots of snow, longer days and warmer weather.
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