WORDS & PHOTOS: Jeff Cricco

Southern Colorado received so much snow last week that many county roads and passes in the San Juan have been closed intermittently from avalanche debris or from avalanche danger. Highway 550 on Red Mountain pass has been closed for more than two weeks from multiple avalanches that have take out and buried roads in multiple spots. But we kept it safe with some on-mountain fun at Wolf Creek Ski Area, Purgatory Resort, and Purgatory Snow Cat Adventures. Here are the highlights.

Durango local, Sven Brunso, skiing the front side of Ski Purgatory. Purg reported over 3 feet of snow last week. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco

Purgatory has a ski base of 102 inches and has had 333 inches so far this season. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco

Southern Colorado has a current Snow Water Equivalent of Normal at 159 percent—and it’s only mid-March. April should be interesting! Sven Brunso at Purgatory on Tuesday, March 12. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco

Powder stashes are typically easy to find in the slow-paced, easy-going Purgatory Resort. But, Brunso can sniff them out even during Spring Break. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco

With more snow in the forecast, Purgatory Resort has extended their daily operations to April 7, with no closing date set. Skier: Sven Brunso. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco

Whiteout conditions on the way to Wolf Creek. It’s not bad driving in snow as long as you know you’ll be skiing in it. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco

Wolf Creek has 457 inches so far this year. Their average is 430. The record for snowfall in the month of March is 154 inches in 2006. As of March 13, Wolf Creek had 109 inches so far in March. Bryan Finnocchario in making his way to the chair. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco

Bryan Finocchiaro riding on the storm at Wolf Creek. Wolf Creek reported 45 inches in 48 hours. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco

Lead guide Grady James delivered the goods to the clients at Purgatory Snow Cat Adventures when the storm cleared. PHOTO: Jeff Cricco