Archive for December, 2012
Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the state;
The snow was softly falling, skiers couldn’t wait.
The chairlifts were hanging by the slopes with care;
In hopes that the lift-ops soon would be there.
It’s easy to summarize this season in a word because there’s one word that sums up skiing and snowboarding in Colorado: Snow. Until mid December it’s all we could think about – we waited, pining for snow, hoping, wishing, and praying for it.
Then it came. And it’s still coming. Multiple back-to-back storms have pummeled the state, with just about every ski bum and powder hound in worth their Goretex getting in on the action. What’s more is that it looks like there’s a lot more snow in the forecast too – my weather report’s showing 5 of the next 7 days with a high likelihood of snow. Down here in the southwest corner of the state I couldn’t decide where to go first. Usually you just head to whoever has the most powder, but this time well, everyone had great snow. I couldn’t decide. I know, total princess problem.
This blog comes to CSCUSA from Kristen Lummis of BraveSkiMom.com
As you drive west from the Denver area along I-70, you pass a lot of ski resorts. If you go far enough west and look to the south, just as you pass the tiny ranching community of DeBeque, you’ll spot Powderhorn Mountain Resort, carved out of the side of Western Colorado’s majestic Grand Mesa.
Every single Colorado Ski Country resort reported a powder day yesterday and the day before and the day before. Yea, it has been snowing a lot. I am pretty sure there were a lot of individuals taking “sick days” a couple of days ago, and my boyfriend and I were two of those individuals.
We headed up to Winter Park on Tuesday night because we were nervous (and secretly hoping) that the pass would close and keep anxious skiers from getting to the mountain. It did not close, but being up there already guaranteed we were in line when the lifts started turning at 9:00am the next day.
From the lift, all you could see was snow, lots of it, everywhere. On every tree, on every peak, and on every run.
Storm patterns that left Colorado resorts with copious amounts of precipitation over the previous weeks continued to swell during the past 48 hours, dropping fresh inches of fluffy powder at locations across the state. Further storm conditions are expected in the coming weeks, perfectly timed with the Christmas and New Year holidays on the horizon. The consistent weather patterns are enabling resorts throughout Colorado to open more terrain.
With 20 inches of snow blanketing the resort over the past weekend and more expected later today into this evening, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will open Lift 1 and the frontside of the mountain for daily operations starting at 9 a.m.
This post comes to Colorado Ski Country from Kristen Lummis of www.braveskimom.com.
”The snow gods must really like you, ” my husband laughed early one morning last week. We’d awakened to snow, so almost before he was out of bed, he was checking the CSCUSA snow report on his phone. “Fifteen inches at Aspen/Snowmass he announced. I pumped my sleepy arms in the air.
Truth be told, I wasn’t skiing that day, but I was driving to Aspen to start a three day Clendenin Ski Method ski camp. As I pulled into Aspen on Sunday afternoon, snow was piled everywhere. I put on my boots and went for a stomp in whatever untracked snow I could find. It was bitterly cold, but who cares? After a rather long, extended Indian summer, it had snowed and really snowed. Winter came just in time.