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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: winding down

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It’s that time of year when ski season starts to wind down with the first mass exodus of ski areas from the Colorado Ski and Snow Report.

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Telluride, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Purgatory and Wolf Creek. All will close for the season today, but most will re-open for summer activities around Memorial Day and join us again for skiing in November.

That’s the bad news about this time of year. The good news for some of us is that weekend traffic should begin to lighten up, and we still have plenty to choose from through the end of the month, particularly since areas like Copper, Winter Park and Aspen Mountain have bought us some time.

Then, come May 1, only A-Basin and Loveland will remain for daily operations (Aspen Mountain will open again the weekend of May 3-4). We have to admit that our favorite time of the year are those last late-spring early-summer days at A-Basin and Loveland, and we’re hopeful that A-Basin will make it to July 4 this year.

The potential for a July 4 closing at A-Basin increases with each late-season snowstorm. With an 82-inch base and a recent spate of steady snow, it’s looking pretty good, though more snow and a 100-inch base heading into May would make us feel even better about it.

A little bit of snow fell overnight, it’s still snowing at the higher elevations, and more snow is likely through Monday night. Our guess is that tomorrow will be a decent powder day, with 6-8” of additional accumulation, depending on the spot, and by Tuesday morning perhaps 2-3 inches more.

Check back here for the latest. In the meantime, here are the 24- and 48-hour snow totals from across Colorado…

Arapahoe Basin: 2”

Aspen Highlands: 0”

Aspen Mountain: 0”

Beaver Creek: 1”

Breckenridge: 3”

Buttermilk: 0”

Copper Mountain: 2”

Crested Butte: 0”

Eldora: 3”

Keystone: 3”

Loveland: 2”

Monarch: 3”

Purgatory: 1”

Ski Granby Ranch: 1”

Ski Cooper: 0”

Snowmass: 0”

Steamboat: 0”

Telluride: 3”

Vail: 1”

Winter Park: 3.5”

Wolf Creek: 1”

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