Resorts Report Heavy Snow in Last 48 Hours


Larry Pierce enjoying some pow at Steamboat.

Denver, Colo. – Dec. 15, 2009 – A wintery deluge has erupted throughout Colorado Ski Country over the past 48 hours, despite milder temperatures and less precipitation elsewhere in the state. The storm signals the second straight week of double-digit snowfall at Colorado Ski Country resorts. Increased snow has resorts optimistic about attracting skiers and riders throughout the holiday season, since consistently good snow conditions are the largest attribute that entices skiers to visit Colorado's world-class resorts.


Duncan Maxwell at Loveland Ski Area

A storm system over Crested Butte Mountain Resort dropped 21 inches of powder there over the last two days. Silverton Mountain saw the same amount and is reporting a full 60 inches of snow over the last eight days in total. Wolf Creek, as usual, got over a foot of snow, with 13 inches piling up at mid-mountain.

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort and Monarch Mountain each got an even foot of powder in the last 48 hours.

Nearer to the Front Range, skiers at Loveland Ski Area were happy with a fresh 11 inches there and just on the other side of the Continental Divide, schussers at Arapahoe Basin experienced nearly that amount, with nine inches of accumulation.

Sunlight Mountain Resort will celebrate its 10.5 inches of snowfall by hosting Demo Days this weekend, where skiers and riders can try out the new equipment from top manufacturers and take some turns with Santa, who will make a special appearance. Just down the road, Aspen's four open mountains saw plenty of winter white too. Aspen Highlands fared the best, with 10 inches of new snow. Aspen Mountain picked up eight inches, Snowmass got six, and Buttermilk also experienced a heavy coat of powder.

Telluride Ski Resort, which is opening an Olympic-qualifier World Cup Parallel Giant Slalom race today, welcomed nine inches of fresh snow over the last two days. Winter Park Resort also got a new nine inches in the last two days, showing the expansive range of this storm across the state. Winter Park's northern neighbor, SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch, was excited to see the storm's impact on the area as it prepares to open for the season tomorrow, December 16th.

Shreddihg Mary Jane at Winter Park

Shreddihg Mary Jane at Winter Park

Eight inches of fluff filled in the runs at Copper Mountain and Steamboat Resort, both of which are reporting powder and packed-powder conditions. Steamboat has been receiving consistent snow, reporting over a foot of new snow in the last three days. Howelsen Hill, just down the road from Steamboat Resort, recently opened for the season and was thrilled to receive six inches of new snow in time for several upcoming Olympic-qualifier events at that area.

Powderhorn Resort was greeted with eight inches of fresh powder in the last two days. Eldora Mountain Resort saw over a foot of new snow in the last week, with six inches of that falling in the past 48 hours. Echo Mountain also saw a thick blanket of pillowy powder accumulate over the last 48 hours, which skiers there can enjoy with nighttime operations available Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Ski Cooper, which also saw its snowpack bolstered with recent precipitation, is set to open on Friday, December 18.

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Photos and Photo Credit:
Loveland Ski Area (Skier: Dustin Schaefer; Credit: Duncan Maxwell)
Steamboat Resort (Credit: Larry Pierce)
Skier on Mary Jane (Credit: Winter Park Resort)