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Park City Mountain Resort will not open before Thanksgiving, other Utah resorts delay openings

Although snowmaking continues, PCMR will not open before thanksgiving.
Park City Mountain Resort
Although snowmaking continues, PCMR will not open before thanksgiving.

Resort COO Mike Goar says early season conditions not always an indicator of what's to come.

The resort said on Friday that thanks to colder temperatures during the week, snowmaking crews have been hard at work, but will not be able to produce enough snow in time to open for Thanksgiving. The resort says it will announce a new opening date soon.

Park City Mountain Resort had originally scheduled its first day of the season for November 19th, but announced it was pushing back opening day indefinitely because of warm temperatures and a lack of natural snow.

In a letter sent to employees announcing the delay, PCMR COO Mike Goar said early-season conditions are not always good indicators of a successful winter. He pointed to the resort delaying opening day in 2016 before ultimately receiving 455 inches of snow that winter.

Resorts around the state have been feeling the squeeze of a warm and dry early season. Solitude Mountain resort was also scheduled to open on the 19th, but pushed its opening day back to Tuesday, November 23rd this week. Solitude is set to be the first Utah resort to open after Alta Ski Area also delayed its opening day from November 20th to the 24th. Woodward Park City has also been making snow and is targeting November 26th to open its tubing hill. Woodward says chairlifts will open as soon as conditions permit. Deer Valley is scheduled to open for the winter December 4th.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.