Ski season begins in Colorado

Chicago Tribune

SKI SEASON BEGINS: Chilly temperatures and a few early snowstorms are allowing ski resorts to open earlier than usual, with the first in Utah opening Nov. 7 at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Utah’s main competitor in the winter sports industry is Colorado, which had five ski areas open the weekend Snowbird opened.

“Mother Nature is getting us off to a really nice start,” said Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah. “Right now everybody is just going berserk in getting ready to go skiing. Our phones are ringing and everybody’s excited.”

One industry-touted advantage of skiing in Utah is that some resorts are as close as a 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. By comparison, some of Colorado’s resorts require a two-hour drive from Denver International Airport.