By Michael Meru
After waiting until the end of November last year for ski resorts to have enough snow to open, skiers and snowboarders are anticipating a better start to the 2003-2004 season after the past few days of snow.
Several BYU students headed up to Little Cottonwood canyon to snowboard on the fresh snow.
“We were there [Snowbird] snowboarding at 11 p.m. at night until 1:30 in the morning,” said Katy MacDonald, a BYU student from Danville, Calif. “We set up a small rail and built a small jump. To get out in the snow and just be there got me so excited for the season.”
Alta Ski Resort is scheduled to open Nov. 20 and Snowbird is scheduled to open Nov. 22. The Canyons has not released an exact date, but resort officials said they plan to open in mid November.
“Going snowboarding in early November may not be healthy for my grades,” said Willie Mullin, a University of Utah student from Thousand Oaks, Calif. “That”s if the resorts all open up.”
Weather.com indicated that eight of the next 10 days will be filled with snow for the Wasatch Front.
“We were just warming up our boards for the season,” MacDonald said. I can”t wait for it [Snowbird Ski Resort] to open.”
The early snowfall had many students running out to buy lift tickets in hopes of a longer season.
“I got my pass to The Canyons, so the first day that it opens, I am there,” said Tom Bell, a BYU student from Sacramento, Calif. “All of this cold weather is getting me excited.”
The Canyons Ski Resort has received more than nine inches of snow since Thursday night and resort officials report that it will continue to snow throughout the week.