The second half of Colorados skiing and snowboarding season started in style this weekend as all 21 Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts reported significant new snowfall. With an additional 3-6 inches of snow expected Monday, snowriders in Colorado are enjoying the best conditions in North America with the two historically snowiest months still to come.
Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 22.5 inches of new snow, with more on the way. By the time this most recent storm dissipates later today, it will have dropped double-digit accumulation totals on 19 CSCUSA resorts, 2+ feet at 10 resorts, and 3+ feet at five resorts, leaving skiers and snowboarders with a pristine playground of powder.
This weekends storm traveled from the Pacific Ocean to the central mountains of Colorado and stalled at the continental divide, leaving snow totals that have to be seen to be believed. Monarch Mountain has received a foot or more of snow for four consecutive days, leaving 55 inches of new powder since last Thursday, and Arapahoe Basin has recorded 41 inches of new snow in the same time period. Crested Butte has welcomed 37 inches of new snow, and Loveland Ski Area and Eldora each saw 35 inches of fresh powder.
Several resorts snow accumulations approached two feet and could surpass it today. Copper Mountain and Wolf Creek each have measured 23 inches of new snow so far, while Winter Park has seen 21.5 inches. 19 inches of new snow fell at Ski Cooper and Steamboat, and Ski Granby Ranch saw 16 inches of powder.
Further west, Silverton registered 36 inches of new snow while Powderhorn celebrated 26 inches of fresh powder. Aspen Highlands received 17 inches of new snow, Durango Mountain Resort received 13 inches, Howelsen recorded a foot of new snow, and Sunlight Mountain and Snowmass measured 11 inches. Aspen Mountain received 10 inches, Telluride saw 6 inches of new powder, and Buttermilk received 5 inches of new snow.
With many CSCUSA resorts surpassing 200 inches of total snowfall this weekend, and base depths exceeding 100 inches, the conditions at Colorados ski resorts will be excellent through the Presidents Day holiday weekend when the next significant snowstorm is expected to arrive. Knowing how to ski safely in deep snow is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit http://www.coloradoski.com/page/ski-safety for helpful tips and to learn the Know Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.
Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.