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Photos From November 21

Resort officials announced today that Purgatory Resort will open on Wednesday, November 27 for the 2019/2020 season. The resort was originally scheduled to open this Saturday.

Sam Williams, senior director of mountain operations, said they made the difficult decision to reschedule opening after nearly two weeks of above-average fall temperatures. While this week’s winter storm – which brought 7 inches to Purgatory’s slopes – was a welcome sign of winter, it didn’t deliver sustained cold temperatures for consistent snowmaking or enough natural snow for the resort to open this Saturday as planned.

“Our mountain crews continue to monitor temperatures and we’ve made snow whenever we could over the last month,” Williams said.  “We are working hard to prepare the mountain for our new opening day and we feel confident with the progress we’ve already made that we’ll be able to open from top-to-bottom on Lift 1 beginning Wednesday.”

Williams added that a cooling trend is in the forecast and local OpenSnow weather forecasters indicate that Purgatory could see up to two feet of snow beginning Monday through Thanksgiving next week.

Check out photos taken around the resort on Thursday, November 21 by photographers and snow-enthusiasts Eric Berry and Ryan Nott.