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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: el fin de semana

It's clearing out nicely for a blue sky powder day at Winter Park. More snow, however, is expected to move back in today.
It's clearing out nicely for a blue sky powder day at Winter Park. More snow, however, is expected to move back in today.
Winter Park Resort

Back in the day, weekday travel into the mountains was a breeze. Apparently even weekday travel can be a bummer, as we witnessed yesterday morning crawling from Idaho Springs to the tunnel. Oh well.

Anyway, expect travel to be an especially big bummer this weekend since it’s Presidents’ Day weekend, one of the most popular weekends for people to ski.

Last Sunday, I-70 turned into a living hell of steel, rubber and ice. There were reports of people who sat on I-70 eastbound back toward Denver for eight hours, which sounds about as close to apocalyptic as you can get.

Our suggestion? Leaver super-early on both sides, or stay up there past Presidents’ Day. We also suggest that if you or your car can’t handle snow packed and icy roads, then get the hell off the road. K? Oh, and if you’re in a big hurry and plan on being aggressive, then get the hell off the road. K?

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk snow. More fell yesterday, and some areas got a lot more than others. Generally speaking, the northern and central mountains have benefitted most from the recent storm, and will continue to do so.

It’s not snowing up there right now, but snow is likely to show up again later this afternoon and tonight. It’s quite windy up there, which has been a major factor in closing Loveland Pass (surprise) and Kenosha Pass down to Fairplay. If you’re planning on driving down to Monarch or Crested Butte from Denver, keep an eye out on the road conditions on 285. Until it re-opens, you’ll need to go there via Colorado Springs, taking 115 south to 50 west.

After tonight, another round of snow is due in the northern and central mountains Sunday through Presidents’ Day. Stay tuned here for the latest totals, forecast and road conditions. In the meantime, here are the 24-hour and 48-hour snow totals…

Arapahoe Basin: 7”, 12”

Aspen Highlands: 2”, 2”

Aspen Mountain: 1”, 1”

Beaver Creek: 1”, 2”

Breckenridge: 6”, 9”

Buttermilk: 1”, 1”

Copper Mountain: 5”, 9”

Crested Butte: 3”, 3”

Eldora: 5”, 8”

Keystone: 4”, 5”

Loveland: 5 1/2”, 10 1/2”

Monarch: 4”, 6”

Powderhorn: 0”, 0”

Purgatory: 0”, 0”

Ski Granby Ranch: 6”, 10”

Ski Cooper: 2”, 4”

Snowmass: 1”, 1”

Steamboat: 1”, 4”

Sunlight: 0”, 0”

Telluride: 0”, 0”

Vail: 2”, 4”

Winter Park: 7”, 12 1/2”

Wolf Creek: 0”, 0”

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