March is known as the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. But if you're a skier, and one who's looking to take turns late into the season, you're hoping March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lion so you still have plenty of pow to hit come April.
This March is already living up to the first part of that bargain, bringing snow to ski country to kick off the month. With snow storms at the start of January, the start of February and now the start of March, it's easy to say that the 2013-2014 ski season is turning into a good one. The powder just keeps on coming (and hopefully I'm not jinxing things by writing that)--as it should, with March historically being Colorado's snowiest month.
The first weekend of March brought a widespread storm that blanketed the high country--and even kept some skiers from getting to their planned destinations when I-70 closed near the Eisenhower Tunnel and at Vail Pass.
According to Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), its network of 21 resorts enjoyed an average of 17 inches of new snow between Thursday, Feb. 27, and Monday, March 3. While five resorts saw more than two feet of new powder fall, 18 CSCUSA resorts reported double-digit snow totals over the weekend.
Here's a powder round-up from the storm:
- Wolf Creek: 37 inches of snow in three days
- Silverton: 33 inches
- Durango Mountain Resort: 27 inches
- Crested Butte: 25 inches
- Loveland: 25 inches
- Aspen Highlands: 19 inches
- Arapahoe Basin: 18 inches
- Telluride: 17 inches
- Copper Mountain: 17 inches
- Winter Park: 17 inches
- Ski Cooper: 15 inches
- Snowmass: 14 inches
- Eldora: 14 inches
- Monarch: 14 inches
- Aspen Mountain: 11 inches
- Powderhorn: 11 inches
- Steamboat: 11 inches
- Sunlight Mountain Resort: 11 inches
- Ski Granby Ranch: 7 inches
- Buttermilk: 6 inches
- Howelsen: 4.5 inches
These totals don't take into account the most recent storm that dropped up to 10 inches (Eldora) in the mountains in the last 24 hours. As if conditions weren't already prime for skiing, more snow is expected Friday. Check out coloradoski.com for an up-to-date snow report.