November 16, 2007
Snowmaker Mike Bentley jumps out of his Steamboat Ski Area vehicle earlier this week to check one of the dozens of guns set up along the Vagabond trail at the Steamboat Ski Area. Snowmakers are hoping for cooler temperatures this week in order to make snow at the resort - which has delayed its opening to Nov. 30.
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In his office, Doug Allen keeps a photo that shows Mount Werner covered in several feet of powder after a weekend-long dumping of snow. The picture was taken the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2001 - the only other time in Allen's 21 years with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. that Steamboat Ski Area missed its opening day.
For the second time in seven years, mild November weather has caused the Steamboat Ski Area to push back its opening day.