Can not wait for Ski Season this year, my 4 year old son is finally getting the potty training down and by the time the snow is good for training lessons he should be ready to go. Finally cooling off in Colorado and the peaks have all been dusted several times with snow that melts after a week or so, but “Winter is Coming!”
It’s to be at least as big as the snows in early October 2015 so get up to the slopes while the roads are open. Come on guys what better way to get some days off than to call your boss and say I70 is closed and I can’t get back! Seriously though were looking at feet of snow folks. Keep in mind for you back country folks that avalanche danger is going to be higher after this storm in many places. Especially western facing slopes.
The snow should run through mid next week with NW flow aloft keeping the snow going for the northern facing slopes after the storm moves to our northeast.
With the last few storms and moist northwest flow after the storms all ski areas state wide have seen plenty of snow to open a lot of their terrain. Breckenridge is over 500 acres and growing, and Arapahoe Basin has open the Pali lift the other day as well as those runs filled in. As always locals it’s a good time to get out before christmas and enjoy the smaller holiday crowds because things will pick up in a few weekends!
Cooler weather has finally arrived. Though later than recent years. It’s a race and gamble if anyone will actually get a run open by Halloween, but this next week the weather will produce some high mountain snows. Wolf Creek might be a recipient of some beneficial snows, but unsure if amounts will be enough to cause an early opening. However this may be a good year for Wolf Creek record books if El Nino’s weather patterns hold true. Only time will tell.
Not sure what I’m going to do this year. Seen snow in RMNP and on top of Pikes Peak, and I’ve been out for a year now and will be starting over on Skiing probably for a few runs until I get my legs back underneath me. Though I have taken a snowboard lesson and honestly it’s less exhausting for me so I’m seriously considering a season lesson pass with Vail to get lessons in for the year and renting a setup from my friends at The Ski Shop in Colorado Springs.
Will have to see how things go.
The other day I saw the temp gauge at Copper Mountain hit up near 50 degrees in full Sun. Was probably a great day for skiing as long as you stayed out of the shade and who can deny the fun of not having to wear several layers! Lets not forget just hanging at your favorite bar on the slopes and sipping a nice cool beer with friends. So here’s to everyone who loves the warm days get them in they wont last. Stay tuned for the next Colorado Snow Report.
Recovering the old posts I cant believe I did not post in 2014. Pneumonia will do that to you. Missed an entire half of a ski season, and the other end of 2014 I’m stuck here in Georgia. The light is at the end of the tunnel I’ll be back on the slopes in a few weeks and I could not be happier. Probably be living back in Colorado Springs, though I would not mind someday ending up in Denver so I’m closer, but there’s something to be said for taking the 24 route to Breck and avoiding the traffic on 70 for sure.
Finally the central mountains will be seeing some love this week as a very cold system comes down from the north. At least a foot of snow can be expected around Summit County depending on local geographic features that enhance the snowfall. As usual I seem to schedule vacations around these storms unwittingly months ahead, but I cant wait to get back and get some turns in next week when another storm is expected to be arriving.
However break out the cold snow gear as temperatures below zero are to be expected nearly everywhere and in single digits for highs possibly.
Feeling Lucky? We’ll if so head on over to Arapahoe Basin to get the first runs of the season going! It was announced yesterday that they would open this Sunday with a single trail and park (High Noon) while working on getting Ramrod opened next. The weather forecast looks great, but remember to be careful around the I-70 Construction!
Sorry Loveland riders looks like they will open sometime this coming week, but not Sunday.
Latest updates from Al suggest that they will begin making snow on top of the snow that has been falling up there on and off today so starts the race between A Basin and Loveland to get open. Wolf Creek just smiles and waits for a good storm.
Speaking of storms! Below you can see what’s heading for Washington and it’s forecast to deepen to a 975MB low. That’s a cat 2 hurricane!