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About one-third of the Intermountain West’s ski areas have yet to set an opening date. Here’s a list

Snow accumulation hasn’t been the only factor posing a problem for many resort communities. Hiring enough workers has been another challenge

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Snow is made and blown near the base at Brighton Resort.

Snow is made and blown near the base at Brighton Resort on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

In one of the driest years the West has seen in decades, more than a third of the nearly 100 ski resorts in the Intermountain West have yet to set an opening date.

Several have already opened — all in Colorado. But dozens of others in the region remain either undecided or have moved that date back from their original announcement. 


“Anyone who has been in Steamboat, or has been anxiously watching our mountain cameras, knows that Mother Nature hasn’t been cooperating this pre-season,” Dave Hunter, the Colorado resort’s vice president of operations, said in a news release. “Normally this time of year we have more than 20 inches of snowfall that has remained (not melted), a 10- to 20-inch mid-mountain base, and 200 hours of snowmaking under our belt. This year we haven’t been able to capitalize on extended snowmaking temperatures and windows with only eight hours of total snowmaking.”

Snow accumulation hasn’t been the only challenge many winter sports communities are hoping to recover amid the pandemic’s economic impact. Hiring enough workers to run a resort and the surrounding support services has been another challenge, as the Deseret News recently reported.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches — traditionally the opening weekend for many ski areas across the West — here is a list of resorts throughout much of the Intermountain West and when they hope to open for the 2021-22 ski season. Opening dates may have changed by the time you read this:

Resort Opening Dates
State Name of Resort Opening Date
AZ Arizona Snowbowl Unspecified
AZ Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley Unspecified
AZ Sunrise Park Resort December 3
CO Araphahoe Basin Ski Area Open
CO Aspen Highlands - Aspen Snowmass Resort December 11
CO Aspen Mountain - Aspen Snowmass Resort November 25
CO Beaver Creek Resort November 24
CO Breckenridge Ski Resort Open
CO Buttermilk Mountain - Aspen Snowmass Resort December 11
CO Copper Mountain November 22
CO Crested Butte Mountain Resort November 24
CO Echo Mountain Unspecified
CO Eldora Mountain November 19
CO Granby Ranch December 11
CO Hesperus Ski Area Unspecified
CO Howelsen Hill Ski Area December 4
CO Kendall Mountain Ski Area December 17
CO Keystone Resort Open
CO Lake City Ski Hill Unspecified
CO Loveland Ski Area Open
CO Monarch Mountain Unspecified
CO Parker-Fitzgerald Cuchara Mountain Park Unspecified
CO Powderhorn Mountain Resort Unspecified
CO Purgatory Resort November 21
CO Silverton Mountain November 25
CO Ski Cooper December 8
CO Snowmass - Aspen Snowmass Resort November 25
CO Steamboat Ski Resort November 27
CO Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort December 10
CO Telluride Ski Resort December 3
CO Vail Ski Resort Open
CO Winter Park Resort Open
CO Wolf Creek Ski Area November 24
ID Bald Mountain - Sun Valley Ski Resort November 25
ID Bogus Basin Recreation Area Unspecified
ID Brundage Mountain Resort Unspecified
ID Cottonwood Butte Ski Area Unspecified
ID Dollar Mountain - Sun Valley Ski Resort December 10
ID Kelly Canyon Ski Resort Unspecified
ID Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area December 11
ID Magic Mountain Resort Unspecified
ID Pebble Creek Ski Area Unspecified
ID Pomerelle Mountain Resort Unspecified
ID Rotarun Ski Area December 18
ID Schweitzer Mountain Resort November 26
ID Silver Mountain Resort November 26
ID Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area Unspecified
ID Soldier Mountain December 4
ID Tamarack Resort November 26
MT Bear Paw Ski Bowl Unspecified
MT Big Sky Resort November 25
MT Blacktail Mountain Ski Area Unspecified
MT Bridger Bowl Ski Area December 10
MT Discovery Ski Area November 25
MT Great Divide Ski Area November 26
MT Lost Trail Ski Area December 2
MT Maverick Mountain Ski Area December 19
MT Montana Snowbowl December 10
MT Red Lodge Mountain November 26
MT Showdown Montana December 10
MT Teton Pass Ski Resort December 10
MT Turner Mountain Ski Area December 17
MT Whitefish Mountain Resort December 7
NV Diamond Peak Ski Resort December 9
NV Elko Snowbowl Unspecified
NV Lee Canyon Unspecified
NV Mt. Rose - Ski Tahoe Unspecified
NV Sky Tavern Unspecified
UT Alta Ski Area November 24
UT Beaver Mountain Ski Area Unspecified
UT Brian Head Resort Unspecified
UT Brighton Resort Unspecified
UT Cherry Peak Resort Unspecified
UT Deer Valley Resort December 4
UT Eagle Point Resort December 17
UT Nordic Valley Ski Resort Unspecified
UT Park City Mountain Resort Unspecified
UT Powder Mountain Unspecified
UT Snowbasin Resort Unspecified
UT Snowbird December 1
UT Solitude Mountain Resort November 23
UT Sundance Ski Resort December 10
UT Woodward Park City November 26
WY Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area Unspecified
WY Grand Targhee Resort Unspecified
WY Hogadon Ski Area December 11
WY Jackson Hole Mountain Resort November 25
WY Meadowlark Ski Lodge Unspecified
WY Pine Creek Ski Resort Unspecified
WY Sleeping Giant Ski Area December 4
WY Snow King Mountain Resort December 4
WY Snowy Range Ski Area December 4
WY White Pine Ski Resort Unspecified

K. Sophie Will is a Deseret News contributor. @ksophiewill