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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: four facts and the week ahead

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As if to prove my ongoing point, I-70 was closed at Copper Mountain yesterday for awhile, thanks to multiple accidents. As you can see from the totals listed below, there was really no reason for problems on I-70 yesterday, but there they were.

Oh well. We suppose we can shake our collective fists at the skies about the traffic, the tailgating rat racers, and our general sense of senselessness, but we’ll start just sticking to the facts.

Fact 1: Weekend day trips to the mountains are becoming almost unbearable. Your best bet, if you can swing it, is to enjoy skiing and boarding on a weekday.

Fact 2: If you do go up on the weekend, leave early on both sides of the equation. We’ve found that if you leave the Front Range any time after 6:30 a.m., you will sit in traffic. It is far better to suffer through an extra-early wakeup than it is bumper to bumper in a Mad Max nightmare. Then, get the hell out of Dodge (aka whatever ski area you’re at that day), no later than 2 p.m. Don’t forget about a chance to win some great prizes in the Change Your Peak Time Challenge.

Fact 3: Summer ain’t much better, but at least weather is not nearly the factor it is in the winter/spring months. Still, try to keep your travel times a bit out of the ordinary as I’ve had many post-mortem discussions with those who have sat in traffic from west to east for hours on end.

Fact 4: It’s great to educate people about changing their peak travel time, but far better to educate them about safe driving and how safe driving alleviates traffic issues. Even in heavy traffic, if one keeps a safe following distance, doesn’t weave in and out, and generally behaves behind the wheel like a rational being and not a Jersey Shore rat racer, traffic magically improves. Trust us.

Anyway… If you’re looking for a play-hooky powder day it appears that Tuesday is your best bet, though it’s not expected to be a big powder day and is supposed to be rather windy. Still, it should be a decent snow day and there’s your chance to enjoy some new snow with less hassle.

Here are the 24-hour snow totals from across Colorado

Arapahoe Basin: 4”

Aspen Highlands: 2”

Aspen Mountain: 1”

Beaver Creek: 2”

Breckenridge: 2”

Buttermilk: 0”

Copper Mountain: 3”

Crested Butte: 1”

Eldora: 4”

Keystone: 1”

Loveland: 4 1/2”

Monarch: 0”

Powderhorn: 0”

Purgatory: 0”

Ski Granby Ranch: 1”

Ski Cooper: 4”

Snowmass: 1”

Steamboat: 1”

Sunlight: 2”

Telluride: 2”

Vail: 2”

Winter Park: 1”

Wolf Creek: 0”

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