Snowbasin opens for the season without much snow

Posted at 9:54 PM, Nov 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-23 00:01:12-05

PARK CITY, Utah - More ski resorts are opening for the season this weekend. There isn't much snow on the ground right now, so they're hoping some fresh powder falls in the next few days.

Some of the trails are bare and Snowbasin says they got about 500 fewer skiers and snowboarders than they'd expected. But for the people who headed out to the slopes, there was a Thanksgiving Day buffet inside Snowbasin.

"We do need Mother Nature's help. It's very anemic but it's about the kids and having a good time," said Karl Kelly, who was out skiing on Thursday. "We ski half day then enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal."

The lack of powder didn't stop Patrick Conlin and Kristena Kons from having a good Thanksgiving. Patrick proposed to Kristena and she said yes.

"It's a new season and the first day of the rest of our lives, first season opening day for everyone else," Kristena said.

There hasn't been much fresh snow since mid-November, so the resorts will keep making it.

"Temperatures are starting to drop every night so we're making snow as long as it's cold enough," said Jason Dyer with Snowbasin Public Relations.

Wolf Mountain and The Canyons Resort open on Friday. To see more resort opening days, click here.