“In 32 years our committee has never had to make this difficult decision. Due to current conditions and without significant snow in the forecast we are unable to groom. With much regret the Yellowstone Ski Festival Committee must cancel all events at this time. We hope you all enjoy a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you at this event in the future.”
Bummer news for anyone who was planning on attending the 32nd annual West Yellowstone Ski Festival as it’s been cancelled due to lack of snow. Montana Public Radio reports the event traditionally draws up to 4,000 people to the small town just outside the national park. Melissa Alder, co-owner of the shop Freeheel & Wheel, said West Yellowstone is known for having the first groomed ski trails in the country, but the snow didn’t fall this year:
“We just couldn’t offer high quality — even any — groomed skiing that was going to hold up.”
Historic draught conditions have persisted in Montana, although the northwest part of the state has gotten more moisture in the last couple of months. Meteorologist Bob Hoenisch says the forecast shows conditions will continue to be dry.
“Right now, we’re not seeing the weather pattern shifting in the next 7-10 days.”
Tough news for everyone who was hoping to get out skiing in West Yellowstone but long-term forecasts predict a cold, snowy winter is coming. Keep your finger crossed.