WEATHER

Ski season opening day in limbo with lack of mountain snow

Nov 15, 2021, 1:46 PM

utah ski resorts...

Ski Utah President & CEO Nathan Rafferty provides an update on the 2021/2022 ski season at Squatters Pub in Salt Lake City on November 15, 2021 (Nick Wyatt, KSL Newsradio)

(Nick Wyatt, KSL Newsradio)

SALT LAKE CITY — A handful of Utah ski resorts planned to open this weekend, but most are holding off until more snow falls in the mountains. 

Representatives from Ski Utah and a handful of local ski areas met for an update on the upcoming ski season at Squatters in Salt Lake City Monday morning. They were there to talk about the successes of last winter and the expectations for the upcoming season. 

“I was going to talk about opening dates and go down a list here, but we’re in a little bit of a flux and I think ski areas are going to take a look,” says Ski Utah President and CEO Nathan Rafferty. “Good news is we’ve got cold temps coming in Tuesday night which is going to be great for making snow.” 

While great for making artificial snow, the incoming storm this week likely won’t drop much of the real stuff. Another storm moving its way across Utah Friday will probably also result in small snow totals. 

Solitude, Park City, and Woodward all planned to open this Friday and Alta on Saturday. For now, most of those opening dates are up in the air. 

Reflecting on the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Utah, Rafferty is remaining optimistic. 

“It was mid-November, it was warm. There wasn’t a flake at 10,000 feet. I went out of town for Thanksgiving weekend and when I came home, there were over 100 inches in 100 hours…So, things can come quick and fast,” he says. 

Ski Utah recommends keeping an eye on its website for updated opening dates. Resorts also recommend people check their websites and social media pages for the latest information. 


Read more: 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Weather

Flash floods could appear in Southern Utah on Sunday and Monday. The Virgin River flows through thr...

Kennedy Camarena and Mark Jackson

Southern Utah: Potential for flash floods on Sunday and Monday, some flooding in Capitol Reef reported

The National Weather Service is predicting a potential of flash floods for Southern Utah on Sunday and Monday.

2 days ago

Parts of Utah have been given a heat advisory on Sunday. A view of the state Capitol and the Salt L...

Kennedy Camarena

Parts of Utah under excessive heat warning

Utah has been given two different kinds of heat advisories for parts of the state by the National Weather Service on Sunday.

2 days ago

Highway 128 is covered in mud after a severe storm and flooding in the area....

Kyle Remund

Cleanup begins after severe storm in eastern Utah

After a severe storm passed through Grand County, Utah, on Friday, officials are beginning cleanup and mitigation.

3 days ago

The KSL Greenhouse show talked about plants that grow well in Utah's heat this weakened....

Taun Beddes, KSL Greenhouse show

KSL Greenhouse: Plants that bloom in Utah’s heat

Most people shop for their Utah garden flowers in the spring, which might not bloom well in summer. So, what flowers bloom in the summer?

3 days ago

The storm surge from Tropical Storm Alberto floods the streets in Surfside Beach, Texas, on Wednesd...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

Flood watch issued for parts of Utah as tropical storm remnants arrive

Parts of Utah will be on a flood watch on June 21 as a tropical storm moves through the state. Flash flooding is also possible on Saturday.

4 days ago

Fallen tree branches caused by strong winds in Orem are pictured on Monday. A cold front is causing...

Carter Williams, KSL.COM

Rare June freeze warning issued for parts of Utah; wind tied to some of 6,500 outages

Summer might start this week, butΒ a low-pressure system arriving in UtahΒ is forecast to make some parts of the state feel quite wintry.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Ski season opening day in limbo with lack of mountain snow