Even with this blizzard, some of the Colorado resorts will have a hard time getting the snowpack up to the average depth.Great forecast for Colorado !! Hopefully everyone can recover from the slow start to the season with the extended season. Vail is hinting that they may extend dates further again if snow conditions hold up through March & early April.
The best thing is that it’s not over yet - snowing heavily in Breckenridge right now. Very slow moving storm...Here's the outcome for resorts in Colorado for the March 12-15 blizzard. National media are mentioning 2-4 feet in the Colorado mountains, mostly because Denver airport was so impacted with thousands of cancelled flights.
This isn't the entire list from OpenSnow, but mostly the better known resorts for people who travel. Having skied just over half of the list below in recent years, it's interesting to see the variation in snow amounts. I didn't have any experience skiing in Colorado until the first trip to Aspen several years ago. Wolf Creek and Monarch will be very fun for powder lovers for a few days. I had a very good time checking them out in February.
March 15, Colorado Daily Snow
Weekend snow totals + two more storms
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Short Term Forecast
The weekend storm peaked on Sunday and dropped intense snow across Colorado. On Sunday morning, I saw reports of snowfall rates of 3-5 inches per hour both in the northeastern foothills and in the southern mountains around Telluride. That snowfall intensity is rare and something amazing to see.
Below are the snow totals from Saturday morning through Monday morning. The first number is the total, the second number is the 24-hour amount from Saturday AM to Sunday AM and the third number is the 24-hour amount from Sunday AM to Monday AM.
24" (12+12) Eldora (estimate, could be more based on the snow stake)
22" (8+14) Winter Park
12" (8+4) Copper
12" (6+6) Loveland
11" (7+4) Beaver Creek
11" (5+6) Keystone
11" (6+5) Vail (Blue Sky Basin)
10" (4+6) Arapahoe Basin
10" (8+2) Breckenridge
24" (11+13) Monarch
21" (10+11) Aspen Highlands
18" (12+6) Aspen Mountain
18" (8+10) Snowmass
12" (9+3) Buttermilk
12" (5+7) Sunlight
5" (4+1) Crested Butte
27" (16+11) Telluride
22" (15+7) Wolf Creek
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That's great for the people staying slopeside. But anyone else has to deal with very snowy roads. My friend who drove to Colorado last week has been stuck at her niece's house in Denver since Saturday. Although she managed to get out of the neighborhood this afternoon. There was 2 feet on the ground, plus 3-4 feet where the snowplows had gone by. She and her ski buddy are planning to head to Keystone on Tuesday morning. Note that these are not 20-somethings but a couple adventurous ladies over 65.The best thing is that it’s not over yet - snowing heavily in Breckenridge right now. Very slow moving storm...
When were you there?Great town to spend some time.
I skied there in 1994 and 2006. Had a few lessons there in 94 when they had a renowned ski school, they were big on skiing with your feet wider apart!When were you there?
Part of the group is staying in town the first couple nights to help with altitude adjustment. Shouldn't be too hard to find some good take-out food for dinner.
Good thing we have an AWD SUV to get up the mountain road. Monday morning is looking like it could be pretty snowy. But the forecast is still changing daily.
This will be my fifth trip to Taos in a row. The Ski Weeks are addictive. We had a group of almost 20 people planning to go in early February. But we all cancelled by late November or early December because of the New Mexico travel restrictions. Plus the general sense that too many Texans weren't being careful at all. A friend who lives in Albuquerque was pretty appalled at what she was seeing on the golf courses in the fall. But when TSV was allowed to open, things seemed to run reasonably well. After the winter holidays, it's been fine.
Quite a lot of changes since the ownership change in 2013. The current owner had the financial resources to invest the millions that were needed to bring Taos up to the level of a 21st century destination resort.I skied there in 1994 and 2006. Had a few lessons there in 94 when they had a renowned ski school, they were big on skiing with your feet wider apart!
The adobe architecture really adds to the town experience.
Do they still transport you from the ski resort car park to the main base in a cattle truck?
For me, going to Taos is all about the Taos Ski Week. They are addictive for anyone interested in really improving technique for bumps and trees. There are bumps and tree terrain from intermediate to expert pretty much all season starting in early January with normal snowfall. Hard to beat 6 morning lessons with a really experienced instructor for about US$400.What do you like about it? I've never been there.
Sorry, took me a little while to respond!What do you like about it? I've never been there.
Actually that only happens in particular situations, not all the time.4. I'm sure the people that have been coming to Taos for years would disagree with me but there is at least a mindset to protect the skiing experience. When the Kachina Peak chair opens, they only allow people on every second or more chair to either preserve the cover or stop it from growing into massive mogul fields.
That's certainly true. Plus if you don't want to hike, it's hard to find the really good powder stashes at Taos. In fact, I had an instructor tell me that it was absolutely required to hike the Ridge for good powder turns. What I remember thinking was that may be true at Taos, but I also ski Alta and other destination resorts where it's quite possible to get powder turns without hiking for 20-30 minutes at over 11,000 ft.-If you're looking for powder you might get envious watching resorts of Utah get pounded while your chillin in sunny New Mexico.
Sadly, the same thing is going to happen again this year for their Aussie guest.... nothing substantial will change until after the next Federal election!Sounds like Aspen really missed guests from Australia in 2020-21.
". . .The U.S. ski industry fared well in winter 2020-21 despite the pandemic. Resorts logged 59 million visits, making it the fifth best season.www.aspentimes.com
The year started slow for Skico because Australians couldn’t travel here in droves as they usually do in January. Group business was wiped out because of capacity limits and physical distancing requirements. Numerous domestic travelers canceled trips as the pandemic worsened and Pitkin County required arrivals to sign an affidavit acknowledging they hadn’t had COVID symptoms for 10 days and have either been vaccinated or have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arriving in Pitkin County. Visitors also were required to quarantine for 10 days if they were not tested before arrival.
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Yep, New Mexico was the only state in the Rockies to try travel restrictions for a while. They weren't effective since there were plenty of Texans who ignored them. The travel restrictions were dropped on Feb. 11, 2021. But there were plenty of adjustments still in place for the rest of the season. Although it was allowed by state/county rules by March, there was no indoor dining at TSV. Staff shortages meant that the Whistlestop wasn't open during the week.Pitkin County was also somewhat unique in requiring the negative COVID test for domestic tourists. I think only Taos did that too for a while.
It wasn't Taos that required testing. It was New Mexico that tried travel restrictions. A negative test was enough, out-of-state travelers were supposed to do a 14-day self-quarantine. Didn't work. There were plenty of Texans who crossed the border for day trips to play golf according to my friend who golfs a lot around Albuquerque. NM was the only stated outside New England to attempt to slow community spread using travel restrictions.Pitkin County was also somewhat unique in requiring the negative COVID test for domestic tourists. I think only Taos did that too for a while.