Photo: Wolf Creek/Jason Lombard
Storm Drops Up To 23 Inches as Resorts Ready to Welcome Skiers and Snowboarders for the Holidays
A second strong winter storm in less than a week moved through Colorados high country today, leaving a fresh blanket of powder on the slopes of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts. This most recent round of snowfall will yield joyful conditions for skiers and snowboarders leading into the holiday season.
The storm left substantial accumulation across Colorados ski resorts, with resorts in the southwestern part of the state hit especially hard. Wolf Creek received 23 inches of snow, while Purgatory recorded 14 inches in the last 24 hours and 25 inches since Saturday. Silverton Mountain, which opens for the season on Saturday, December 19, measured 12 inches of new snow overnight and 22 inches this week. Additionally, Telluride saw 3 inches of new snow.
Closer to Denver, Front Range skiers and snowboarders rejoiced as Winter Park received 11.5 inches of fresh snow while Loveland measured 10 inches.
Eldora recorded 9 inches of fresh powder, Arapahoe Basin and Cooper saw 8 inches, and Copper Mountain welcomed 5 inches of fresh powder.
Further north, Steamboat welcomed a foot of new snow and Howelsen Hill measured 6 inches. Ski Granby Ranch recorded 8 inches of fresh powder, setting up a memorable Opening Day this Thursday, December 17.
Elsewhere in Ski Country, an impressive 14 inches of new snow fell on Snowmass, while Aspen Mountain saw 9 inches and Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk each recorded 8 inches of fresh powder.
Sunlight recorded 7 inches of new snow, Monarch saw 6.5 inches, Powderhorn welcomed 5 inches of powdery accumulation, and Crested Butte saw one inch of new snow.
By the end of the week, all 21 of CSCUSAs member ski areas and resorts will be open for the season. Ski Granby Ranch will open Thursday, December 17 while Silverton Mountain opens Saturday, December 19. Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.
Links to Resort Webcams
Arapahoe Basin http://tiny.cc/wshz5x
Aspen Snowmass http://tiny.cc/wvhz5x
Copper Mountain http://tiny.cc/jyhz5x (click on the specific camera to see the view)
Crested Butte http://tiny.cc/20hz5x
Purgatory Resort http://tiny.cc/l2hz5x
Winter Park http://tiny.cc/keiz5x
Wolf Creek http://tiny.cc/ifiz5x