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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: the big chill

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Are you ready for the big chill? This is an arctic front setting into Colorado today, bringing with it lots of snow (the good), bitter cold temps (the bad) and wind (the ugly).

We’ve noticed that the National Weather Service keeps bumping up the snow totals as the storm gets closer. Original predictions were in the one-foot range; updated predictions show between two and three feet of new snow! Unfortunately, it will be super-frigid, especially with the wind.

Skeptics and cynics by nature, we’re still pretty optimistic that we will see around two feet of new snow when all is said and done by the weekend, at least in the northern and central mountains.

The southwest part of the state is likely to see less snow; essentially, the farther north the ski resort the more snow it’s likely to pick up with this one. You can see the pattern in this morning’s snow report.

So, if you’re looking for a powder day, it looks good for the rest of the week, and especially tomorrow morning. If you head out tomorrow, be sure to dress and drive appropriately. We’re expecting nothing short of hell in the Denver metro area, thanks mainly to the legion of drivers whose only two reactions to snow are to drive super-slow (thereby halting traffic and allowing roads to ice up) or to be super-aggressive. Yeah for dumbasses!

Anyway, we’ll keep you updated on the latest. In the meantime, here’s the current snow and terrain report with the 24-hour and 48-hour totals, followed by the latest terrain report…

Arapahoe Basin: 4”, 6” (5 lifts, 100% beginner terrain open, 80% intermediate open, 23” base)

Aspen Mountain: 0”, 0” (5 lifts, 57 trails, 573 acres, 90% beginner/intermediate, 70% advanced/expert, 19” base)

Beaver Creek: 0”, 0” (14 lifts, 40 trails, 516 acres, 28% open)

Breckenridge: 1”, 2” (13 lifts, 44 trails, 791 acres, 26” base)

Copper Mountain: 1”, 1” (8 lifts, 36 trails, 410 acres, 3 terrain parks, 24” base)

Crested Butte: 0”, 0” (4 lifts, 38 trails, 1 terrain park, 30” base)

Eldora: 2”, 2” (2 lifts, 10% beginner, 30% intermediate terrain open, 22” base)

Keystone: 2”, 2” (8 lifts, 24 trails, 276 acres, 89% beginner terrain open, 33% intermediate open, 1% advanced/expert, 1 terrain park)

Loveland: 3”, 4 1/2” (4 lifts, 25 trails, 328 acres, 64% beginner terrain open, 24% intermediate open, 1 terrain park, 27” base)

Monarch: 0”, 0” (6 lifts, 53 trails, 100% beginner, 100% intermediate, 97% advanced, 2 terrain parks, 32” base)

Purgatory: 0”, 0” (2 lifts, 28 trails, 30% open, 33” base)

Snowmass: 0”, 0” (8 lifts, 38 trails, 911 acres, 34% beginner/intermediate, 4% advanced/expert, 19” base)

Steamboat: 1/4”, 1/2” (6 lifts, 62 trails, 25” base)

Telluride: 0”, 0” (9 lifts, 13% beginner, 43% intermediate, 37% advanced open, 35” base)

Vail: 0”, 0” (12 lifts, 49 trails, 803 acres, 21” base)

Winter Park: 2”, 3” (12 lifts, 48 trails, 22” base)

Wolf Creek: 0”, 0” (6 lifts, 1,600 acres, 100% open, 54” base)

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