A productive snowstorm settled over Colorado Ski Country USA this week, leaving up to 49 inches of fresh snow at some ski resorts and pushing many resorts beyond the 100 inch season-to-date notch. The five-day storm made for multi-day powder skiing across Colorado, much to the delight of holiday skiers and riders.
The storm entered Colorado on Sunday and over the next several days Monarch Mountain received 49” of new snow and opened their Mirkwood Basin terrain earlier this week.
In the southwest part of the state, the storm left 43 inches at Wolf Creek where 100 percent of that resort’s terrain is open. At nearby Silverton, 43 inches fell in five days and at Purgatory Resort 38 inches accumulated therefore prompting that resort to open their new high-speed quad, Legends Express.
At the same time, Steamboat Ski Resort received 31 inches of powder bringing that resort’s December-to-date snow total to 84 inches.
Elsewhere in Ski Country, Crested Butte and Telluride both reported a storm total of 28 inches and Powderhorn measured 23 inches of new snow in the last five days. Snowmass and Sunlight both received 21 fresh inches, and Cooper accounted for 20 inches.
Loveland received 19 inches from the storm, and Arapahoe Basin recorded 18 inches. Thanks to the new snow, Loveland opened its Lift 8 terrain and Arapahoe Basin opened Montezuma Bowl this week. At Aspen Highlands, 18 inches fell bringing that resort’s monthly total to 48 inches so far in December.
Additionally, Copper collected 16 inches from the storm and Winter Park measured 15.5 new inches, allowing the resort to open its Eagle Wind territory, adding up to 2,350 acres of terrain now open for skiing and riding.
Aspen Mountain and neighboring Buttermilk both amassed a storm total of 14 inches while Howelsen Hill recorded 12 inches. Eldora and Ski Granby Ranch both saw 8 inches of new snow.
This week’s snowstorm pushed several resort season-to-date snow totals beyond 100 inches including Purgatory now measuring 107 inches, Arapahoe Basin 117 inches, Monarch 124 inches, Telluride 124 inches, Winter Park 127.5 inches, Loveland 149 inches, Steamboat 150.5 inches and Wolf Creek tallying 206 inches.
Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.