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Snowstorm blankets Colorado ski country in time for President's Weekend

Monarch Mountain
Monarch Mountain
Jack Sciacca, Monarch

It's almost hard to believe that the 2013-2014 ski season is already half over. But that's what February brings. And this year, February is also bringing plenty of snow to Colorado.

If skiers thought that the mid-week storm that arrived last week and left 22 inches at Wolf Creek and 18 inches at Telluride and Powderhorn in two days was epic, the weather system that pushed through Colorado over the weekend was even better. How much better? Try more than four feet of new snow at several Colorado ski spots.

According to Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), all 21 CSCUSA resorts received significant powder dumps since Thursday, Feb. 6. These resorts have reported an average of 22.5 inches of new snow. When one round of the storm cycle dissipated on Monday, 19 CSCUSA resorts received double-digit accumulation totals with more than two feet at 10 resorts and more than three feet at five resorts.

These snow totals will make a skier's jaw drop, turning resorts that had decent bases into powder playgrounds. The weekend's storm traveled from the Pacific Ocean to central Colorado's mountains where it stalled at the continental divide and continued to drop snow. Monarch Mountain received a foot or more of snow for four consecutive days beginning on Thursday, Feb. 6., which gave the resort 55 inches of new snow. In the last two weeks, Monarch has recorded 116 inches of snowfall.

As for other resorts, here are snow totals from the resorts as recorded from the four-day snow cycle that started Thursday, Feb. 6. For current totals, check the CSCUSA snow report.

  • Arapahoe Basin: 41 inches
  • Aspen Highlands: 17 inches
  • Aspen Mountain: 10 inches
  • Buttermilk: 5 inches
  • Copper Mountain: 23 inches
  • Crested Butte: 37 inches
  • Durango Mountain Resort: 13 inches
  • Eldora: 35 inches
  • Howelsen: 12 inches
  • Loveland Ski Area: 35 inches
  • Powderhorn: 26 inches
  • Silverton: 36 inches
  • Ski Cooper: 19 inches
  • Ski Granby Ranch: 16 inches
  • Snowmass: 11 inches
  • Steamboat: 19 inches
  • Sunlight Mountain: 11 inches
  • Telluride: 6 inches
  • Winter Park: 21.5 inches
  • Wolf Creek: 23 inches

More snow has been falling throughout this week, making conditions prime for Colorado snowriders. Resorts' snow totals have surpassed 200 inches for the season and on-mountain base depths exceed 100 inches, amazing considering the sad state of snow conditions at this time in 2012 (skiers would love to forget that season).

Colorado has some of the best ski conditions in North America at the moment and the two historically snowiest months, especially if you look at 2011, 2012 and 2013, have yet to come. And so does another storm: More snow is expected in time for the President's Day holiday weekend.

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