Several ski resorts across Colorado have announced opening days after a strong winter storm moved into the state earlier this week.
Vail Mountain announced Tuesday that six inches of snow fell overnight, and crews are planning to take advantage of frigid temperatures this week to blast man-made snow onto the slopes. The resort is scheduled to open for the season Nov. 21.
With fresh snow on the ground, Breckenridge Ski Resort announced Tuesday the resort would open for the winter season Friday.
Meanwhile, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are set to open Nov. 27 followed by Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk on Dec. 13.
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Several resorts in Colorado were forced to postpone opening day because of unseasonably warm weather.
Meantime, in Utah, bookings at ski resorts are up about 4 percent from the same time last year, said Nathan Rafferty, president of the trade group Ski Utah. After two straight subpar years of snowfall, resorts are optimistic they’re due for at least an average year.