Skiers, Colorado ones especially, must have been praying to Ullr the entire month of January. The weather, perhaps with a little help from Ullr, the Norse god of snow, has brought one snow storm after another to Colorado since the start of 2014 with the latest being some of the greatest.
As January ended and February started, plenty of Colorado resorts had fresh powder to greet its weekend visitors. By February 1, Aspen had seen more than 30 inches fall in 48 hours while Vail had seen 32 inches in seven days, with roughly two feet falling on Jan. 30-31.
Powder continued to descend on ski resorts throughout Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) throughout the last week. As winter in the Rocky Mountains shifts into high gear, storms have again brought new snowfall to all 21 CSCUSA member resorts. Up to 22 inches of new snow had fallen as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, with steady accumulation expected to continue through Sunday.
That steady accumulation that was promised surely delivered. The mid-week weather system brought the most new snowfall to resorts in the western and southwestern areas of Colorado. As of Feb. 5, Wolf Creek received 22 inches, while Telluride and Powderhorn each registered 18 inches of snowfall during the two-day period (Feb. 3 and 4). Durango Mountain Resort recorded 7 inches, and Crested Butte and Silverton Mountain each welcomed 4 inches of new snowfall.
Resorts in Colorado's central mountains also reported significant new snowfall totals. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass both recorded 10 inches of new snow. Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands each measured 8 inches. Fresh powder was also recorded at Monarch (11 inches), Sunlight Mountain (7 inches) and Ski Cooper (5 inches). In the northern mountains, Steamboat received 7 inches of snow while Winter Park Resort reported 3.5 inches. Copper Mountain, Loveland, Eldora, and Howelsen Hill each measured 2 inches of fresh powder, and Arapahoe Basin and Ski Granby Ranch both received one inch of new snow.
But these numbers were only the start of what the week ended with--and what skiers woke up to find Monday morning. In the last 48 hours, a storm that was dumping snow in Lake Tahoe and Utah still had more to give when it got to Colorado. While the storm may have snarled traffic on Interstate 70 as weekend ski travelers tried to return to the front range from the high country, those lucky enough to still be in the mountains had epic powder to tackle at Colorado's resorts.
Here are some of those 48-hour snow totals:
- Arapahoe Basin: 24 inches
- Aspen Highlands: 10 inches
- Copper Mountain: 10 inches
- Crested Butte: 25 inches
- Eldora: 25 inches
- Loveland: 21.5 inches
- Monarch: 27 inches
- Silverton: 18 inches
- Ski Cooper: 16 inches
- Steamboat: 12 inches
- Winter Park: 15 inches