Storm patterns that left Colorado resorts with copious amounts of precipitation over the previous weeks continued to swell during the past 48 hours, dropping fresh inches of fluffy powder at locations across the state. Further storm conditions are expected in the coming weeks, perfectly timed with the Christmas and New Year holidays on the horizon. The consistent weather patterns are enabling resorts throughout Colorado to open more terrain.
For the second time in a week, every resort in Colorado Ski Country received fresh snow. The western part of the state was hit particularly hard, as was the south. Of Aspens four resorts, Snowmass lead the way with 13 inches, while Steamboat and Howelsen amassed 11 and 10 inches respectively. Powderhorn recorded 13 inches, and Sunlight five. Moving south, Telluride saw nine inches fall, Purgatory received a full foot, while Wolf Creek topped the totals across ski country with 20 inches. There were 10 inches left at Silverton.
In the central part of the state, Crested Butte was left with a full foot of fresh powder and Monarch received seven inches. Ski Cooper will open Friday thanks to the recent consistent snowfall.
Resorts closer to the Front Range experienced fair amounts of snow, as Winter Park recorded five inches in 48 hours, while Ski Granby Ranch and Eldora both received a half foot. Loveland had five inches drop, Copper saw four and Arapahoe Basin three.