We’re summing up the 2022-2023 season in one word: snow. Snow, snow, and more snow. (Does it still count as one word if we use it three times?)
This season saw above-average snowfall in Colorado Ski Country USA and a literal ton of that pow-pow-powdery stuff. A literal ton?, you might rightfully ask. Yes, indeed, we reply. We did the math!—using a handy-dandy snow weight calculator. (Yup. That’s a thing.) And in an area just big enough for you and a friend to stand in and marvel about how lucky you are to live in Colorado, 30′ of snow would weigh 2,097.6 pounds!
But we digress.
CSCUSA member resort Steamboat led the way, with an impressive 30′ of snow—that’s over two stories of snow… or five and a half Mikaela Shiffrins. Neighboring Howelsen Hill followed close behind with 25′, and the top three was rounded out by Purgatory, which received a helluva lotta snow.
Winter Park was buried under just over 22′ of flakes, and Snowmass earned its moniker with, ahem… its own 22′ mass of snow. Powderhorn, Aspen Highlands, and Silverton Mountain also saw nearly 20′ of that wonderful, white stuff. And the slopes of Copper Mountain, Telluride, Aspen Mountain, and Monarch Mountain stayed cool under blankets of snow hundreds of inches thick.
In the 100″-plus category were Loveland, Sunlight, Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Buttermilk, Hesperus Ski Area, Ski Cooper, and Granby Ranch, and at Echo Mountain, hardly an echo could be heard, what with the soft susurrus of falling snow. (We do love alliteration here in Colorado Ski Country USA.)
And now your moment of snow zen. May it feed your soul until next winter.