Ski Resorts Need Blast of Snow

Season opens in West, but white stuff in short supply
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2007 1:28 PM CST
In this photo supplied by Crested Butte, Rick Ross of Crested Butte, Colo., terrain park supervisor at Crested Butte Mountain Resort rides down the slope on his snowboard to experience the quality of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ski resorts opening this weekend are relying on manufactured snow for the slopes, USA Today reports. An early Thanksgiving pushed back the start date for the season, with many resorts still missing the white stuff. In Utah, only one of the state’s 13 resorts opened before Thanksgiving. Three more were expected to open over the weekend.

Snow-making machines continue to churn in Lake Tahoe. “Everything’s good, even though Mother Nature hasn’t been forthcoming with precipitation,” the president of Ski Lake Tahoe says. But a federal forecaster and La Niña expert says to expect a drier and warmer season in Colorado and parts of Utah and New Mexico.