Telluride postpones opening due to meager snow; other areas limits acreage
Five more ski areas in Colorado are set to open this week, but Telluride Ski Resort is delaying its opening due to warm weather. This postponement is expected to last a week or two, pushing the anticipated opening date to December 2 or December 8. Meanwhile, Steamboat, Beaver Creek, and Crested Butte are scheduled to open on Wednesday, with Aspen Mountain and Snowmass following suit on Thursday, bringing the total number of open areas in Colorado to 15.
Most of the ski areas currently operating have seen below-average snowfall, with less than 6% of trails open. Steamboat, for example, will open with only 25 acres available, amounting to approximately 3% of its full skiable terrain. The resort is currently 52% below normal for snowfall. Despite these challenges, resort officials remain optimistic about the season, with plans to maximize snowmaking opportunities and take advantage of cold temperatures and natural snow to open more terrain.
Telluride Ski Resort is expected to provide an update on its opening day next Monday, with Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Patrick Latcham, emphasizing the resort’s commitment to opening with a high-quality product and full coverage for a safe skiing experience. Those affected by the delayed opening are encouraged to contact the resort for information on refunds.
With limited terrain and below-average snowfall, Colorado ski areas are working diligently to provide a positive experience for visitors. As the season continues, skiers and snowboarders can stay updated on the latest news and announcements from their favorite resorts.