2017 ski season opening dates released for Snowbasin, Nordic Valley

Friday , September 22, 2017 - 3:05 PM

ANN ELISE TAYLOR, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Northern Utah’s first sprinkling of snow may have just fallen, but Ogden-area ski resorts are already preparing for their opening dates.

Snowbasin Resort’s slopes will open to skiers Nov. 22, and Nordic Valley Ski Resort’s first day will fall on Dec. 9, a Friday news release from Ski Utah says. Powder Mountain has not yet announced when its first day of skiing will be.

Luckily, autumn weather predictions are leaning toward a good season for local skiers. Above average temperatures and precipitation levels are expected from October through December, meaning Northern Utah will get a good start on its snowpack, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Schoening said Friday. 

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“Last year was a good snow year for the mountains, the first one in a while,” he said. “So, above average precipitation would compare favorably to that.”

If the ski resorts’ opening dates stick, skiers will be able to get on the slopes earlier than they did last year.

Unseasonably warm temperatures last fall led to Snowbasin opening Dec. 1 and Powder Mountain opening for daytime skiing Dec. 2. Nordic Valley opened on Dec. 10 last year. 

Snowbasin usually aims to open the day before Thanksgiving (as it is this year), and Powder Mountain’s target is usually the first week of December, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting.

Ann Elise Taylor can be reached by email at aetaylor@standard.net, by phone at 801-625-4213 and on Twitter at @annelise_taylor.

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