(November 18, 2008) – Park City Mountain Resort has pushed back its scheduled opening day, Saturday, November 22, for the 2008-09 season. Unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of recent precipitation has not allowed the Resort to make optimal snowmaking in order to provide guests with the experience they have come to expect from a top-five rated mountain.
Park City Mountain Resort’s snowmaking team has patiently waited for the temperatures to cooperate but a high pressure has loomed over the Utah region for the past week. Last night the overnight low temperature at the top of PayDay was 50 degrees, with a low at the plaza level of 38 degrees. The 10-day forecast looks very similar to the temperatures this past week, but it takes just one storm cycle to get the mountain in prime condition.
Ultimately, Park City Mountain Resort still needs a total of 72 hours of ideal temperatures (average of 20 degrees or less) to provide optimal conditions on lower mountain runs. This includes at least 24 hours to complete snowmaking on Homerun and at least 60 hours of ideal temperatures to complete PayDay and Treasure Hollow.