Though Brighton has a track record of being the first ski resort in Utah to open, it’s not opening early this year.
Jared Winkler, Brighton Ski Resort director of communications, says he feels let down.
I wanna see some snow happening in the forecast (but) right now we’re just waiting for Mother Nature and some cold temperatures to help us out.
Winkler added the resort fired up the snow machines and had natural snow but just didn’t get enough to open early.
2News Chief Meteorologist Sterling Poulson said the average temperature for mid-November is 54 degrees. However, the state is experiencing temperatures in the 60s with no heavy snowfall projected in the near future.
— SkiUtah (@SkiUtah) November 6, 2019
Despite the warm temperatures and lack of precipitation, Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty is optimistic, especially with the 15th ski resort opening up. Woodward Park City is the nation’s first all-in-one action sports and ski resort that is opening this winter season.
He said it’s a “love-hate relationship” with the month of November but the snow eventually always shows up. He said ski visits are up 24% and added:
The economic impact in the state where tourism is over $9 billion in spending, $1.7 billion is in the ski industry alone.
Last year’s ski season was one of Utah’s snowiest on record and the state set a new record for skier days at 5.125 million, Ski Utah said. This year, Ski Utah says on its website it continues to do “snow dances, praying to Ullr and sleeping in our ski gear in hopes for another season with record snowfall.”
SKI RESORT OPENING DATES:
ALTA – 11/23
BEAVER MT -TBD
BRIAN HEAD – 11/15
BRIGHTON – TBD
CHERRY PEAK – TBD
DEER VALLEY – 12/7
EAGLE POINT – 12/20
NORDIC VALLEY – TBD
PARK CITY – 11/22
POWDER MT – TBD
SNOWBASIN – 11/27
SNOWBIRD – 11/29
WOODWARD – TBD