By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 3 years ago March 30, 2020

Final Update of the 2019-2020 Season

As most of us sit at home or enjoy safe non-lift-serviced skiing experiences close to home (please do not travel from cities into mountain communities!), it is amazing to think that just three weeks ago we were gearing up for powder and sunshine during the spring skiing season.

The abrupt shift in focus from skiing to health makes it clear that we all can take a moment to appreciate what we normally take for granted. 

We hope that our current efforts to contain the virus will pay off down the road. Perhaps there will be lift-accessed skiing and riding late this spring, though we are keeping our expectations low. We are optimistic that we'll all have a chance to enjoy powder and soft turns next season, though things may not be fully back to normal by then either.

Thankfully, our entire team at OpenSnow is healthy. We hope that the same is true for you and your family and that perhaps you are enjoying (or at least dealing with:-) the extra time spent with those that you live with, and maybe you're tackling that around-the-house project that you've put off for years, too.

To those that are out of work and feeling financial anxiety, we hope that a combination of government and community support can get you back on your feet soon.

You can count on our website and apps to continue to show updated weather forecasts every day, and a few of the Daily Snows covering larger states and regions will be updated through the spring as well.

That said, please respect your local jurisdictional restrictions, do not travel into mountain communities, and dial down the risk level of your outdoor adventures to virtually eliminate the chances of getting hurt.

If a few resorts reopen later this spring, we'll send out a quick celebratory email. Otherwise, we'll check back in with you during the late summer when we all start dreaming of cooler days ahead.

As we said last week, it’s going to be a rough ride in the near term, but humans are remarkable creatures and we will figure this out. And once we figure it out, we'll get back to focusing on deep, untouched, bottomless powder:-)

Thank you so much for your support and stay well!

– Joel Gratz (Chief Powder Officer) and The OpenSnow Team

P.S. In an effort to help support COVID-19 relief efforts, we have created a resource for local foundations that are deploying funds to the most vulnerable members of our communities. 

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Sam Collentine


Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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