|Ski lift at Alyeska Ski Resort, 40 miles ESE of Anchorage|
GIRDWOOD -- Brian Burnett, mountain services manager at Alyeska Resort, had some "very sad news" for Southcentral Alaska skiers and snowboarders Monday afternoon.
"No one should plan on skiing" this week, he said. The mountain that makes up the state's most popular skiing destination is still too brown to shred from top to bottom.
Historically, Alyeska sees at least a partial opening to the general public on Thanksgiving Day, but with little snowfall at the base and temperatures too high this year to make snow nearer the top, an opening appears unlikely this week.
The Old Farmer's Almanac long-range winter forecast said south-central Alaska would have a warm/rainy/icy first half of winter. The upside is that the second half is supposed to be unusually cold, with heavy snow.
That'll be a nice change of pace.