UPDATE, OCT. 4: They’re making snow in Colorado!. Look.
Believe it: Opening day in the 2012-13 season is about a month away in Colorado.
While there has been a smattering of small snowfalls in the extreme high elevations of the state, no meaningful storms have hit the ground yet. But that got us thinking: What kind of snow season can we expect? So we turned to a few of the experts to see what they’re thinking. Not surprisingly, no one’s quite certain.
As always, all eyes are on the El Nino (or La Nina) weather pattern for 2012-13. Experts say that this year it’s El Nino, meaning warmer than usual water temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean, which affects weather patterns and often produces more snowfall. But how much? That depends on OTHER variables.
Here are some links to season forecasts, followed by a list of opening days at Colorado resorts:
- Powderchasers: There’s a possibility of slightly higher than normal moisture in some Western States. Learn more.
- The Farmer’s Almamac: They have a secret formula for deriving this prediction, which is “predicting that winter will return to some.” Find out where.
- Accuweather: The experts definitely see snow in their forecast. Find out how much.
Opening days at Colorado resorts, all dates subject to change, depending on conditions:
- Mid-October: Loveland, Arapahoe Basin.
- Nov. 2: Wolf Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone.
- Nov. 9: Breckenridge.
- Nov. 14: Winter Park.
- Nov. 16: Vail, Eldora.
- Nov. 21: Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Monarch, Crested Butte.
- Nov. 22: Telluride, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Ski Cooper.
- Nov. 23: Purgatory.
- Dec. 1: Silverton, Howelsen.
- Dec. 5: Echo Mountain.
- Dec. 7: Sunlight.
- Dec. 8: Aspen Highlands.
- Dec. 12: Ski Granby Ranch.
- Dec. 15: Buttermilk.