Well, perhaps that's even a bit optimistic. But, there is snow in the mountains - albeit mostly man-made and groomed. Decent for introducing ski and snowboard muscles to the new season with wide, lethargic carves. Not-so-good for powder bashing.
Most Colorado ski resorts are open. Some are still waiting for snow. The warm fall has provided beautiful days for the state, but has stunted precipitation on slopes in the mountains that beckon for snow. The resorts equipped for churning out artificial snowflakes are spitting out as much frozen stuff as they can, and have opened half-a-dozen runs of the groomed kind. Those dependent strictly upon nature for their annual snowfall are tapping impatient ski boots on relatively bare ski slopes.
All goggles on Mother Nature, as it were.
Nonetheless, tallying cuts on groomers is not a bad way to spend the day. Especially when a cold microbrew awaits, regardless of the weather.
Below is the current standing of Colorado ski resorts for November 26th, and a suggestion for breweries and brewpubs when the lifts shut-down and the cities light-up.
Beaver Creek - Open (6%) / 18" base / 3 runs / 101 acres / Man-made
The "Beav" has expanded a bit, offering 17 additional acres. Beer Nearby: Beer-wise, Bonfire Brewing in Eagle is to the east, and Crazy Mountain and Gore Range in Edwards are to the west. None are more than a ten minute ride.
Crested Butte - Open (12%) / 18" base / 6 runs / Man-made
For those you who don't spend enough time in the air leaping off of cornices and half-pipes, Crested Butte has a zip-line course that operates year-round. Bring your beanie! Beer Nearby:Eldo Brewery in Crested Butte awaits those desiring a cold beer at the end of the day. Those staying in Gunnison should check out the Gunnison Brewery.
Loveland - Open (7%) / 18" base / 8 runs / 123 acres / Man-made Beer Nearby:Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs is the closest Brewpub to Loveland.
Monarch - Opening sometime soon. The local favorite with the butterfly emblem is waiting not-so-patiently for some additional snowflakes. Beer Nearby: In the meantime, have a barrel-aged beer at Elevation in Poncha Springs, or head over to Salida for a chili beer at Amica's or a boot-full of suds at Moonlight.
Snowmass - Open (4%) / 18" base / 4 runs / 84 acres / Man-made
The Aspen titan has 230 new acres of shred potential on Burnt Mountain, and a new, energy efficient, snazzy eating establishment at the top of Elk Camp gondola. Beer Nearby: If it isn't obvious by now, Aspen Brewing is the closest brewery to all of the Aspen resorts.