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Vail, Steamboat delay openings

Edward Stoner
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Vail Mountain’s opening has been delayed until Wednesday because of a lack of snow, and Steamboat Springs has pushed off its opening until Nov. 30.

Vail Mountain was supposed to open Friday, but little natural snow has fallen, and warm temperatures have limited snowmaking.

“The quality of surface is not where we wanted it to be,” said Jen Brown, spokeswoman for Vail Mountain.

Mountain officials had hoped to open the Born Free run Friday on manmade snow. Workers started making snow at Vail on Nov. 1.

Steamboat Springs plans to open Nov. 30 instead of Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Andy Wirth, a spokesman for Steamboat owner Intrawest, says warmer weather is creating challenges for snowmaking machines. He says crews are working to manufacture more snow as the weather turns colder.

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