Ski Season is Underway!

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Pull out your skis and snowboards---the ski season has begun in Colorado! Loveland Ski Area opened on Friday for its earliest start in six
years.

And the season may be better than recent years. Experts say El Nino may mean lots of fresh snow for the crucial spring skiing
period.

Last year, unseasonably warm weather was blamed for cutting spring skier and snowboarder numbers from California to Colorado. Nationally, skier days were down slightly from the year before, but still the third best ever, despite the lower spring numbers.

Climate specialist Klaus Wolter of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's unclear whether a strengthening El Nino will affect the winter.

Mammoth Mountain spokeswoman Joani Lynch says she hopes predictions of a strengthening El Nino are correct because the California resort typically gets immerse amounts of snow in El Nino
years.

Nathan Rafferty is from Ski Utah, the trade group representing resorts. He says the first Utah resorts probably won't open until next month but lodging reservations are up ten percent from last year.