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Colorado: Storm delivers needed snowfall

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Fresh snow in the Colorado high country.

Monday could see additional accumulations in the high country

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A chilly storm out of the north brought widespread snow to the Colorado high country Saturday afternoon and evening, with most areas reporting between 5 and 8 inches of accumulation. The snow will wind down Sunday with only a few flurries lingering over the higher peaks as temperatures drop to the lowest readings of the season.

Copper, Keystone, A-Basin and Breckenridge all reported about half a foot of snow in the 24 hours ending Sunday morning, with 9 inches at Eldora, 15 inches at Aspen Mountain and 14 inches at Snowmass. Get the full snow report at the CSCUSA website. Continue reading

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Weatherblog: Another storm lining up for Monday

San Juans favored again; only a few inches expected in the Summit-Vail area

Opening day turns at Copper Mountain.

Although the Aspen areas aren't officially reporting snow totals yet, it looks like the storm early in the weekend dropped some significant snow in the area, as some locals took to the mountains for the first freshies of the year. PHOTO COURTESY G.R. FIELDING, VIA TWITTER.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — As expected, the weekend storm favored the San Juans, where Wolf Creek reported 12 inches of new snow. The storm came in warm on a southwest flow, and many stations reported slushy conditions early during the storm cycle, which will help boost the water content in the southwestern mountains.

It snowed hard in the north-central mountains, but only for a few hours, with Keystone, A-Basin and Copper all reporting 2 inches of new snow Sunday morning. A somewhat moist westerly flow could bring a few more inches to high-elevation west-facing slopes before the storm clears out Sunday afternoon, leading to chilly overnight readings. Many spots will see low temps fall into the single-digits. Continue reading

A Summit powder day … really!

A-Basin ski patrollers catch an early chair on Lenawee Sunday carrying gear for controlling skier flow on the Lenawee side of the mountain.

Snowfall at a few Summit ski areas approached double-digits Sunday morning, more terrain opening at local resorts

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Local skiers reported good conditions Sunday morning, with diminishing crowds, fresh snow and moderate temperatures and wind.

The storm total at Copper Mountain edged into the double digits, with 10 inches reported, 16 inches in the past seven days. The resort has 17 lifts operating with access to 863 acres. The mid-mountain base depth is up to 40 inches, the deepest of all the Summit areas. Go to Copper’s snow report online, where you’ll find some cool links, including the snow stake cam and pictures of the week.

First run of the day through some soft powder on upper Norway Face, with the top Pali visible below.

A-Basin reported 9 inches of fresh Sunday morning and the upper mountain was starting to open up, with some great lines on Norway Face, as well as West Wall, where prevailing winds always drop plenty of wind-blown snow. It’s still a bit bony in places, but in between the rock spines, the snow was fluffy and light. Keep up with A-Basin’s snowfall and terrain openings here.

Early morning light on Norway Face at A-Basin.

On the lower part of the Lenawee side, the glade skiing was excellent, with surprisingly good coverage in Cabin Glade. The upper part of Exhibition Face is also open.

Early risers Sunday morning were rewarded with some sunshine and fresh snow at A-Basin.

Breckenridge reported 5 inches in the past 24 hours and 11 inches in the past week, a mid-mountain base of 39 inches and 84 inches of snow for the season so far.

Keystone also reported 5 inches of snow from the recent storm, 9 inches in the past week. All 20 of the resort’s lifts are running and 57 percent of the terrain is open. Local skiers said they found good conditions on some of backside runs off Santiago Chair.

Go to snow.com for all the snow reports for Breck and Keystone.

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