Lackluster conditions have forced Steamboat Resort, CO, to postpone its scheduled November 20th opening day, the Steamboat Pilot is reporting. The resort now hopes to open a week later, on November 27th.
The area has recorded just 8.4″ of snow so far this winter season, way below the 20″ average. At this time last year, the area had received just 12.4″.
Warmer temperatures have also limited snowmaking at the resort. Before the season starts, Steamboat usually puts in 200-hours of snowmaking––this season they achieved just eight, so far.
“Our snowmaking team is beyond phenomenal, and they were able to turn on some guns earlier this week and take advantage of a very small window of sort of decent snowmaking temperature. They’re bringing out their superhero cape and trying to do as much as they can with as little cooperation from Mother Nature.”
– Loryn Duke, director of communications
Steamboat Resort postponed its opening day in 2020 due to covid-19. The last time the resort opening was delayed due to lack of snow was in 2016.
The forecast isn’t too optimistic either. A storm this week may drop a couple of inches on Steamboat, but the next significant storm will be next week, just before Thanksgiving.
Elsewhere in Colorado, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Keystone, Wolf Creek, Vail, and Breckenridge have all opened for the season.