Ski Area Decides To Delay Opening Date Due to “Shifting Weather Patterns”
Alyeska Resort in Alaska, which typically posts one of the world’s biggest snowfall totals by the end of each ski season, has decided to set its planned opening date for three weeks later than the traditional opening day for the American Thanksgiving weekend holiday in late November. The planned 2017 opening date is Friday, December 15th.
The resort’s Marketing Director Eric Fullerton said the decision had been made due to “shifting weather patterns” meaning that snow cover was unpredictable early in the season, despite the resort having spent millions on snowmaking in recent years.
“Sometimes we’ll get the inversion where there’s rain on the bottom and there’s a lot of snow on top and it makes it difficult to ski all the way to the bottom. Or it flip flops and there’s not enough snow on the top and we got snow on the bottom,” he told local media.
Fullerton added that it was difficult to get a return on investment when the ski area could not guarantee top to bottom skiing.
Fullerton was keen to stress that the ski areas did not have wider financial problems but was just being economically sensible. He said that if the late autumn did bring lots of natural snow they’d try to open earlier than the mid-December date.