Colorado was enjoying a solid season of snowfall prior to this week, but a huge storm elevated conditions from good to excellent. As of Friday, Beaver Creek Resort reported 23 inches of new snow in 24 hours and 28 inches in 48 hours. Both tallies were the highest since the 2000-01 ski season.
Breckenridge Resort picked up 32 inches of snow in 48 hours. The 14 inches of overnight snow on Friday pushed Winter Park Resort above the 200-inch mark for the season. Last ski season, the benchmark season total was not reached until March 11, 2013.
Meteorologist Joel Gratz of OpenSnow.com forecast just a few more inches for the northern Colorado resorts on Friday night and Saturday morning. According to Gratz, southern Colorado could see another wave of significant snow on Saturday.
Shooting delays rush of skiers
Weekend skiers from Denver were delayed on I-70 Friday night. The busy highway was closed near Empire, Colo., for hours following a police incident. According to the Denver Post, a police officer shot a suspected drunk driver on the highway Friday afternoon.