The remarkable 2013-14 ski season in Colorado continued this weekend as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts enjoyed another new round of snowfall. This most recent storm was widespread, blanketing the high country in fresh snow just in time for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy great conditions over the first weekend of March.
Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 17 inches of new snow. Eighteen CSCUSA resorts enjoyed double-digit snow totals over the weekend, and five resorts enjoyed more than two feet of powder.
Resorts in the southwest of Colorado fared particularly well, as Wolf Creek celebrated 37 inches of new snow in the space of three days. Silverton recorded 33 inches of fresh powder, Durango Mountain Resort saw 27 inches, and snowriders at Telluride enjoyed 17 inches of new snow.
Further north, Loveland and Crested Butte also broke through the two-foot threshold with 25 inches and 24 inches of snow, respectively. Arapahoe Basin received 18 inches, and Copper Mountain and Winter Park each saw 17 inches of fresh powder. Ski Cooper saw 15 inches, Eldora and Monarch Mountain each received 14 inches of new snow, and Ski Granby Ranch accumulated 7 inches of powder,
To the west, Aspen Highlands measured 19 inches of new snow, Snowmass registered 14 inches, Aspen Mountain, Powderhorn, Steamboat, and Sunlight Mountain Resort all enjoyed 11 inches of snow, Buttermilk registered 6 inches, and Howelsen recorded 4.5 inches.
Conditions across Colorado Ski Country are in prime shape as March begins, historically Colorado’s snowiest month. Significant additional accumulation is expected this coming Tuesday and Friday. Knowing how to ski safely 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 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.
by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
When guided cat skiing started at Monarch Mountain in the late 1980s, not a lot of people had heard of Monarch, according to long-time guide Gail Bindner.
Established in 1939, Monarch is one of the oldest resorts in Colorado. Straddling the Continental Divide with views from Pikes Peak to the 14ers of the San Juans, the resort is both surprisingly close to Colorado Springs and Pueblo (1 ½ to 2 hours) and remote. The nearest town is Salida, with a population of just over 5,000. (continue reading…)
By R. Scott Rappold, funemployed journalist
Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpress.com
Anyone who knows me knows I like skiing powder. A lot.
So when my wife wanted to apply for a job here in Alamosa, I supported the move enthusiastically, with visions of endless powder days at ski area Wolf Creek, the king of Colorado powder. I had made many long pilgrimages here from Colorado Springs over the years, bypassing closer ski areas to get my ski tips in the legendary snow, 430 inches a year on average, which allows them to rightfully claim to have “the most snow in Colorado.”
And wouldn’t you know it, my arrival here in the San Luis Valley ushered in a long, extended dry spell at Wolf Creek. From around the Christmas holidays through all of January, it seemed hardly a flake fell at the king of Colorado powder. Storms went north and I chased them, all the while pining for the steep fluffy chutes, remote tree runs and huge open slopes of Alberta Peak just an hour from home. It was so warm and sunny, many slopes on Wolf Creek Pass were rocky and bare of snow, an unprecedented situation that also made me fear for the upcoming fire season. (continue reading…)
Aspen Skiing Company has announced that Aspen Highlands will reopen for the weekend of April 27-28 in appreciation of skiers and riders for a great season. While Snowmass, Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk are closed for the season, Aspen Highlands will remain open through April 21 as scheduled and then reopen April 27-28. Consistent snowfall over the last week has made for great conditions and enjoyable spring skiing and riding on the mountain.
This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country from Kristen Lummis, creator of BraveSkiMom.com.
For the past eleven years, the last day of the work week meant Bud Light Big Air Fridays at Snowmass. This competition invites all comers to show their stease on the 40-foot jump on Upper Fanny Hill. It’s an impressive display of progressive insanity and flight. And while Big Air Friday still welcomes in the weekend at Snowmass, it’s no longer the only game in town.
[WARNING: This blog post is NSFW - Employees: if your boss sees you reading it, you can kiss your next powder day goodbye. Kids: do NOT let your parents see this unless they're very cool, or already have the Powder Flu themselves. Read with caution]
You don’t want to be sick, right? But you do want the conditions to be sick out on the slopes. So what happens when you’re not sick, but the conditions are? Colorado Ski Country has the answer. It’s called the powder flu, and it’s extremely contagious around here.
For decades, the mere utterance of the word “Telluride” has conjured up visions of jagged peaks, crusty miners, an authentic western main street, and the mystique of some of the best skiing in Southwest Colorado. And the myth holds up: even an average day at Telluride is anything but, well, average:
The totally average Telluride experience continues…