by Dave Hennen
CNN Senior Meteorologist
The early spring, and unseasonably warm temperatures that have gripped much of the U.S., has taken its toll on the ski industry. Arapahoe Basin, which is typically one the last resorts to close in Colorado, will end its skiing season on Sunday. “Sometimes Mother Nature tells us it is time and, sadly, it is time to close,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin COO. The resort had hoped to stay open until the end of May.
Much of Colorado was plagued by a lack of snow. Denver, which averages over 20″ of snow in March and April, totaled a measly 1” for both months combined. It’s lowest totals since records have been kept.
It’s not the earliest close for Arapahoe, but its much earlier than their normal close date in early June, and shows how dry this year has been when you consider that last year there was skiing at the resort on the 4th of July holiday.
Not to worry powder hounds, there are still a couple of resorts open in North America. Whistler, North America’s largest ski resort in British Columbia lists May 21st as their last day of operations, and Snowbird in UT, and Alpine Meadows, and Mammoth Mountain in California are expected to be open for at least the next couple of weeks.