With balmy and dry fall weather threatening Colorado’s ski season, skiers and snowboarders are looking north to Canada and east to New England for snowy slopes.
Some major resorts in Colorado weren’t open for Thanksgiving, usually the first big revenue producer of the season. Hundreds of millions of dollars spent on snowmaking has made it possible for some resorts to open, but if they use the water now they might not have it if they need it later in the year.
Vail has 18 inches. By comparison, Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada, has 37 inches; Stowe, Vt., has 49 inches on its upper mountain.
The long-range forecast for much of the Rockies is for dry weather, possibly leading to drought in some areas next year. That puts extra pressure on Colorado’s resorts because they have sold hundreds of thousands of ski passes.