A widespread winter storm that entered Colorado last Wednesday has blanketed all corners of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) in snow, delivering powder days at all 21 CSCUSA resorts. This most recent weather system has dumped up to 31 inches on grateful snowriders in some places with more snow to come today. Since the storm began late last week, CSCUSA resorts have received 20.0 inches of new snow on average; 18 resorts have recorded double-digit snow totals, and seven resorts have enjoyed two feet or more of fresh powder.
The highest snowfall totals for this storm were in the north-central areas of the state, although accumulations throughout Colorado were impressive. Copper Mountain and Steamboat have each registered 31 inches of new snow since the system entered Colorado last Wednesday, January 8, whereas Loveland amassed 27.5 inches, Winter Park saw 27 inches, Eldora received 25 inches, Arapahoe Basin and Ski Granby Ranch measured 24 inches each, and Howelsen Hill counted 14.5 inches.
Further south and west, the storm system still packed a powdery punch. Sunlight Mountain Resort celebrated 23 inches, Crested Butte welcomed 22 inches and Ski Cooper saw 20 inches. These resorts were close to reaching the two-foot figure this morning and may break it this afternoon as snowfall continues.
Over the course of the storm Snowmass received 17 inches, Aspen Highlands, Monarch Mountain, and Powderhorn all received 16 inches, Aspen Mountain recorded 15 inches of new powder, and Buttermilk registered 9 inches.
The slow moving system stretched toward the southern-most portion of the state as well, where Silverton Mountain added up 27 inches of new snow. Nearby Telluride measured 19 inches, 9 inches fell at Durango Mountain Resort, and Wolf Creek added to its 61-inch base with 6 inches of fresh snow.
January is National Ski Safety Month at ski resorts across America. Knowing how to ski responsibly in deep snow is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit http://www.coloradoski.com/page/ski-safety for helpful tips and to learn the Know Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.
Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.