Lack Of Snow Forces Vail Ski Resort, CO To Push Back Their Opening Day

Chris Wallner | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Snowmaking at Vail. Image: Todd Harper

Yesterday, Vail Ski Resort, CO announced that they will delay their 2017/18 opening day by just under a week. The resort was originally slated to open on Friday, November 17th, but they will now open on Thursday, November 23rd. This delay is attributed to a lack of snow and persistent temperatures that haven’t allowed for sufficient snowmaking.

Vail Forecast:

Extended forecast for Vail. Image: NOAA

Vail could see a bit of natural snowfall throughout the day Friday and into the night, but temperatures are expected to be warm before that. Then, overnight lows will remain consistently below freezing, which should allow the resort to make some snow.

Powder skiing at Vail, CO. Image: Jack Affleck/Vail

 Vail’s Announcement:

Everyone at Vail Mountain is eager to begin the ski and snowboard season, and with current conditions, we are targeting Thursday, November 23 for the resort’s opening day. We are dedicated to providing our guests with the best early-season conditions possible and will continue to focus our efforts on opening with a high-quality snow surface. Follow our channel all week for the latest updates on Opening Weekend activities and conditions updates at

Be sure purchase your Epic Pass by November 19 and join us for our opening day over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend! Still looking to ski this weekend? Both Breckenridge and Keystone resorts are open and will be expanding their ski terrain for this weekend.

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