Warm temps don’t deter skiers, snowboarders from the slopes

Posted at 10:02 PM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 00:02:25-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Resorts are working to stay open despite the lack of snow and powder.

“No mountains should be closing early. All mountains are running almost 100 percent and we should be good to go through the season,” said Paul Marshall Director of Communications for Ski Utah.

But not Nordic Valley. The ski resort was forced to shut down for the season earlier this month due to the lack of snow.

“This winter across Utah has been really dramatically warm for the mountains for the valleys for everyone,” said Monica Traphagan, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

With the above average temperatures and lack of storms the National Weather Service says Utah ski resorts could see one of their least snowy winters on record.

“A lot of numbers that we see across northern Utah is that these snow totals are anywhere between 25-30 percent of snow total so which mean that the snow pack numbers are certainty low right now,” Traphagan said.

But the lack of fresh powder isn't keeping people from the slopes.

“It’s still good skiing but it's definitely slushier and a lot of bare spots and not as good as what it should be at this time of year,” said Wade Ellingtston a snowboarder from Salt Lake City.

“Today was a great day for spring skiing and I think ski areas are doing a fantastic job at how much little snow we have,” said Granziska Garrett, a skier from Salt Lake City.

Ski Utah officials say as far as they know no resorts are planning to close early for the season.