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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: end-of-week update

We just thought this was a cool photo from Copper Mountain, but it's an excuse to remind you that Copper will host WinterBike and Safety Fest this weekend.
We just thought this was a cool photo from Copper Mountain, but it's an excuse to remind you that Copper will host WinterBike and Safety Fest this weekend.
Copper Mountain Colorado

Following a real nice stretch of steady snow, the mountains look to take a break from inclement weather for at least a week.

The forecast looks clear all the way through the end of next week, though you can expect some windy conditions here and there during the coming dry spell.

If we were you, even though we’re not, we would hit the slopes on Sunday and take advantage of all the people watching the Broncos game. Monday is MLK Day, so expect longer than usual lift lines, especially for a Monday.

Bikes and Safety at Copper
Copper Mountain will host the 3rd Annual WinterBike and Safety Fest this weekend. WinterBike starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in Center Village. According to Copper Mountain: “…this one of a kind race brings mountain bikers screaming around the resort and on the mountain for a 10-mile race through snowy obstacles followed by a grand finish line hoorah complete with a fireworks show in Burning Stones Plaza beginning at 7 p.m.”

The race is the first in the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series and cost for entry is $20 per rider. All proceeds from the race go toward Cloud City Wheelers advocacy efforts. Bike rentals for the race are available.

Copper will also host Little Bike, a free kids-only fun ride at 5 p.m. for kids 11 and under. Registration is available day-of only in West Lake Overlook from 4-5:45 p.m. There will also be “fat” bike demos provided by Borealis, Boo Bikes, Reeb, Wilderness Sports and Rebel Sports available all day Saturday and Sunday.

Copper Mountain’s Safety Fest takes over Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village, Saturday through Monday, Jan. 18-20. National Ski Patrol, the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Rescue Group, Woodward at Copper and many more will be on hand to provide information on backcountry awareness, National Forest access and Copper Mountain’s Safety Initiatives.

Prize drawings will be held daily at 1:30 p.m.; including Copper Mountain lodging packages, a private Tucker Mountain snowcat trip and a 2014/2015 Copper Mountain Season Pass.

Safety Fest will feature daily avalanche dog demonstrations in Burning Stones Plaza at 11 a.m. and in Copper’s West Village at 12:30 p.m. Flight for Life helicopter will land at Patrol Headquarters, located above Excelerator Lift on Saturday at 10 a.m. Patrol Headquarters and Timberline Patrol Hut will host an open house with free hot cocoa throughout the weekend and the remainder of the month of January.

You can sign up and shadow Copper’s Ski Patrol in daily sweeps to close the mountain at 4 p.m. For more information including a full event schedule, go to CopperColorado.com.

Though there’s no new snow to report, here’s the updated terrain report from across Colorado. Have a great, safe weekend…

Arapahoe Basin: 0” (7 lifts, 100% beginner terrain open, 100% intermediate, 100% advanced, 36% expert open, 51” base)

Aspen Highlands: 0” (5 lifts, 118 trails, 1040 acres, 100% beginner/intermediate terrain open, 100% advanced/expert open, 46” base)

Aspen Mountain: 0” (6 lifts, 76 trails, 675 acres, 100% beginner/intermediate, 100% advanced/expert, 36” base)

Beaver Creek: 0” (24 lifts, 148 trails, 1831 acres, 100% open, 45” base)

Breckenridge: 0” (33 lifts, 157 trails, 2192 acres, 75% open, 67” base)

Buttermilk: 0” (6 lifts, 34 trails, 408 acres, 96% beginner/intermediate terrain open, 100% advanced/expert open, 30” base)

Copper Mountain: 0” (23 lifts, 136 trails, 1952 acres, 7 terrain parks/pipes, 55” base)

Crested Butte: 0” (14 lifts, 99 trails, 4 terrain parks, 51” base)

Eldora: 0” (9 lifts, 90% beginner, 95% intermediate, 85% advanced terrain open, 41” base)

Keystone: 0” (19 lifts, 117 trails, 2381 acres, 100% beginner terrain open, 100% intermediate open, 69% advanced/expert, 40” base)

Loveland: 0” (8 lifts, 81 trails, 1336 acres, 100% beginner terrain open, 92% intermediate, 51% advanced open, 55” base)

Monarch: 0” (6 lifts, 61 trails, 100% open, 54” base)

Powderhorn: 0” (4 lifts, 95% open, 46” base)

Purgatory: 0” (9 lifts, 100% open, 36” base)

Ski Granby Ranch: 0” (5 lifts, 100% beginner, 100% intermediate, 90% advanced open, 30” base)

Ski Cooper: 0” (3 lifts, 35 trails, 100% open, 55” base)

Snowmass: 0” (15 lifts, 94 trails, 3217 acres, 99% beginner/intermediate, 65% advanced/expert, 34” base)

Steamboat: 0” (16 lifts, 165 trails, 100% open, 57” mid-mountain base)

Sunlight: 0” (3 lifts, 100% open, 42” summit base)

Telluride: 0” (17 lifts, 100% beginner, 97% intermediate, 98% advanced open, 49” base)

Vail: 0” (30 lifts, 192 trails, 5268 acres, 99% open, 48” base)

Winter Park: 0” (20 lifts, 142 trails, 100% beginner, 98% intermediate, 93% advanced open, 48” base)

Wolf Creek: 0” (6 lifts, 1,600 acres, 100% open, 60” base)