OUTDOORS + RECREATION

Snowbasin and other ski resorts delay opening dates

Nov 14, 2023, 10:00 PM

FILE: Dan Schilling, a special operations veteran and bestselling author, uses backcountry skis to ...

FILE: Dan Schilling, a special operations veteran and bestselling author, uses backcountry skis to ascend before speed riding at Alta Ski Area on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Several Utah ski resorts announced they will delay their opening days due to lack of snow and cold temperatures. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Ski resorts throughout Utah are pushing back opening dates for the 2023-2024 ski and snowboard season. 

Snowbasin Resort announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday that it won’t open on Nov. 24 due to a lack of snow.

 

According to the Facebook post, it hasn’t been cold enough for snowmaking.  

Due to the postponed opening, the resort is also pushing back its season kickoff party. The “Moose is Loose” was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18. The resort said a new date should be released sometime next week. 

The resort also provided an update on some projects at Snowbasin. Expanded parking spots and the new restrooms in Earl’s Plaza will be ready on opening day. The DeMoisy Express and the Strawberry Patio will open in mid-December, according to the post.

What about other ski resorts’ opening dates?

Brian Head Ski Resort also delayed its opening day for the 2023-2024 season due to snow conditions. It’s just not cold enough to make snow. The resort is planning to open Nov. 17, 2023.

Alta Ski Area postponed its opening date as well. It was originally set to open on Nov. 17, but according to Alta’s website, it needs another two feet of snow or eight to ten days of snowmaking temperatures. According to the website, Alta’s team will meet on Nov. 16 to reevaluate conditions and possibly plan an opening day.

Solitude Mountain Resort on the other hand is already open. According to a release, it kicked off its season Nov. 10, a week early. It was the resort’s earliest opening in 10 years. However, according to the release, it was only open through the weekend and will reopen again on Nov. 17, 2023.

Snowbird’s opening day is planned for Nov. 30, 2023, conditions allowing.

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