Starting Friday, January 26th, Turner Mountain Ski Area, Montana, closed due to warm weather and low snowfall.
Per a Facebook update published Tuesday, January 30th, this "temporary" closure will remain in effect until more snow arrives.
Under the January 30th update from Turner, one skier captured the mood perfectly: "This winter has sucked!!!"
It's not just a feeling. Turner first opened for skiing and riding on January 15th of this season. Last winter, it opened over two weeks earlier, on December 24th.
Similarly, in the Kootenai region where Turner is located, the snow water equivalent is 68% of the median, per the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
This time last year, it was modestly better at 80%. Put simply, Turner and the rest of Western Montana, for the most part, are hurting for snow right about now.
That could change in the coming days. NOAA predicts slightly colder temperatures—just enough for some snow!—and precipitation at Turner this weekend. As of now, a handful of inches are expected.
Whether that is or isn't enough snow for Turner to fire the bullwheels back up remains an open question. However, at this point, I think you know the drill. Snow dances, snow dances, snow dances.
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