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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: more snow equals more skiers

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It’s funny how it works out: more snow tends to bring more skiers to Colorado’s high country. Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) and Vail Resorts released mid-season skier visitation data yesterday, and the results were about what you’d expect given the steady snow at Colorado’s ski areas this season.

As most of you know, last season wasn’t all that great, especially early on. There was a lot of pent-up demand from last season. Couple that with a better-than-average first half of the ski season and an increase in skier visits was certain.

Sure enough, CSCUSA ski areas (all ski areas in Colorado excepting the Vail Resorts) reported a 22 percent increase in skier visits and a 6.7 percent increase over the five-year first-half average.

Vail Resorts reported a 7.4 percent increase in skier visits year over year at its Colorado and Utah properties, while skier visits at its Tahoe properties were down 23.4 percent. While snowfall has been up in Colorado and Utah, it has been down about 85 percent in the Tahoe area.

There was more good snow news last night in the northern and central mountains, as you can see in this morning’s Colorado Snow Report. More snow should fall today into this evening along the I-70 corridor, but not much farther outside that zone, clearing out by tomorrow morning and leaving us with sunny skies into early next week.

As per usual, Loveland Pass is closed this morning due to “adverse conditions,” as is Rabbit Ears Pass. US 550 south of Ouray to Red Mountain Pass is also closed due to a rock slide.

We’ve listed the 24-hour totals followed by the seven-day totals in parentheses. Tomorrow morning, we plan to update the terrain report as well, so check back to see how close the entire state is to being 100 percent open…

Arapahoe Basin: 7” (26”)

Aspen Highlands: 0” (18”)

Aspen Mountain: 0” (20”)

Beaver Creek: 1” (23”)

Breckenridge: 10” (44”)

Buttermilk: 0” (11”)

Copper Mountain: 8” (35”)

Crested Butte: 1” (22”)

Eldora: 6” (21”)

Keystone: 4” (17”)

Loveland: 5” (25”)

Monarch: 0” (16”)

Powderhorn: 0” (14”)

Purgatory: 0” (9”)

Ski Granby Ranch: 2” (22”)

Ski Cooper: 6” (13”)

Snowmass: 0” (18”)

Steamboat: 7” (34”)

Sunlight: 0” (26”)

Telluride: 0” (20”)

Vail: 4” (36”)

Winter Park: 4” (32”)

Wolf Creek: 0” (6”)

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