Copper Mountain Resort has pushed back opening day for the 2015/16 winter season a week to Nov. 13 because warm temperatures have limited snow-making operations.

With a forecast of colder temperatures in the foreseeable future, resort management said it is confident its snow-making team can create a top-notch surface by Nov. 13. While no beginner terrain will be available, Rhapsody and Main Vein via the American Eagle lift are expected to be open. 

“Our ever fickle business partner, Mother Nature, has been reluctant to let go of the fall season this year,” said Gary Rodgers, president and GM of Copper Mountain Resort. “Delaying Opening Day is a hard decision to make, and not one we make lightly. We are eager to welcome our loyal guests back to Copper for the winter season on November 13.”

The resort, which is the home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, said the warm temperatures also forced the U.S. Ski Team to delay the kick off of its season for two weeks. Plans now call for the team to name its members and begin training on Nov 21.

The USST's First Tracks Naming ceremony marks the only time during the season when the entire team is present in one location.  The day’s events are set to include the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials, the team naming announcement and autograph signing.