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.

Where the ski industry fits into the national labor shortage
The West-wide drought and the struggles of Idaho, Utah
A warm November prompts several Utah resorts to push back opening dates. Here’s the latest

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

StateName of ResortOpening Date
AZArizona SnowbowlUnspecified
AZMt. Lemmon Ski ValleyUnspecified
AZSunrise Park ResortDecember 3
COAraphahoe Basin Ski AreaOpen
COAspen Highlands - Aspen Snowmass ResortDecember 11
COAspen Mountain - Aspen Snowmass ResortNovember 25
COBeaver Creek ResortNovember 24
COBreckenridge Ski ResortOpen
COButtermilk Mountain - Aspen Snowmass ResortDecember 11
COCopper MountainNovember 22
COCrested Butte Mountain ResortNovember 24
COEcho MountainUnspecified
COEldora MountainNovember 19
COGranby RanchDecember 11
COHesperus Ski AreaUnspecified
COHowelsen Hill Ski AreaDecember 4
COKendall Mountain Ski AreaDecember 17
COKeystone ResortOpen
COLake City Ski HillUnspecified
COLoveland Ski AreaOpen
COMonarch MountainUnspecified
COParker-Fitzgerald Cuchara Mountain ParkUnspecified
COPowderhorn Mountain ResortUnspecified
COPurgatory ResortNovember 21
COSilverton MountainNovember 25
COSki CooperDecember 8
COSnowmass - Aspen Snowmass ResortNovember 25
COSteamboat Ski ResortNovember 27
COSunlight Mountain Ski ResortDecember 10
COTelluride Ski ResortDecember 3
COVail Ski ResortOpen
COWinter Park ResortOpen
COWolf Creek Ski AreaNovember 24
IDBald Mountain - Sun Valley Ski ResortNovember 25
IDBogus Basin Recreation AreaUnspecified
IDBrundage Mountain ResortUnspecified
IDCottonwood Butte Ski AreaUnspecified
IDDollar Mountain - Sun Valley Ski ResortDecember 10
IDKelly Canyon Ski ResortUnspecified
IDLookout Pass Ski and Recreation AreaDecember 11
IDMagic Mountain ResortUnspecified
IDPebble Creek Ski AreaUnspecified
IDPomerelle Mountain ResortUnspecified
IDRotarun Ski AreaDecember 18
IDSchweitzer Mountain ResortNovember 26
IDSilver Mountain ResortNovember 26
IDSnowhaven Ski and Tubing AreaUnspecified
IDSoldier MountainDecember 4
IDTamarack ResortNovember 26
MTBear Paw Ski BowlUnspecified
MTBig Sky ResortNovember 25
MTBlacktail Mountain Ski AreaUnspecified
MTBridger Bowl Ski AreaDecember 10
MTDiscovery Ski AreaNovember 25
MTGreat Divide Ski AreaNovember 26
MTLost Trail Ski AreaDecember 2
MTMaverick Mountain Ski AreaDecember 19
MTMontana SnowbowlDecember 10
MTRed Lodge MountainNovember 26
MTShowdown MontanaDecember 10
MTTeton Pass Ski ResortDecember 10
MTTurner Mountain Ski AreaDecember 17
MTWhitefish Mountain ResortDecember 7
NVDiamond Peak Ski ResortDecember 9
NVElko SnowbowlUnspecified
NVLee CanyonUnspecified
NVMt. Rose - Ski TahoeUnspecified
NVSky TavernUnspecified
UTAlta Ski AreaNovember 24
UTBeaver Mountain Ski AreaUnspecified
UTBrian Head ResortUnspecified
UTBrighton ResortUnspecified
UTCherry Peak ResortUnspecified
UTDeer Valley ResortDecember 4
UTEagle Point ResortDecember 17
UTNordic Valley Ski ResortUnspecified
UTPark City Mountain ResortUnspecified
UTPowder MountainUnspecified
UTSnowbasin ResortUnspecified
UTSnowbirdDecember 1
UTSolitude Mountain ResortNovember 23
UTSundance Ski ResortDecember 10
UTWoodward Park CityNovember 26
WYAntelope Butte Mountain Recreation AreaUnspecified
WYGrand Targhee ResortUnspecified
WYHogadon Ski AreaDecember 11
WYJackson Hole Mountain ResortNovember 25
WYMeadowlark Ski LodgeUnspecified
WYPine Creek Ski ResortUnspecified
WYSleeping Giant Ski AreaDecember 4
WYSnow King Mountain ResortDecember 4
WYSnowy Range Ski AreaDecember 4
WYWhite Pine Ski ResortUnspecified
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K. Sophie Will is a Deseret News contributor. @ksophiewill

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