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Late Season Spring Snow Surprise

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This hasn’t exactly been a stellar snow year in the Rockies by any means, but all of a sudden at the end of April, a big storm system has moved into the area bringing tornadoes, hail, and lightning to the Denver area on Thursday, cold rain with some snow mixed in in Denver on Friday, and now some big time snow for the mountains.  Yesterday, a Winter Storm Warning was posted for most of the Front Range and northern mountains, forecasting 14-28 inches of snow.  There are only two ski resorts in Colorado that are still running the lifts (three if you count Aspen/Snowmass still running on weekends only), so my suggestion is to get after it this weekend while you can!

As of this morning, Loveland was reporting 14 inches at 8 a.m. (18 in 48 hrs, 23 in 72 hrs), while Arapahoe Basin was reporting 11 as of 6 a.m. (and probably several more inches since then).  So yes, a nice late April powder day for two resorts that have struggled for snow this season.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes down as being the biggest storm of the season for both of those resorts.

It’s looking like the snow will slowly taper off today before clearing up this afternoon.  Tomorrow I plan on heading up to Loveland, and will hope that it isn’t too tracked out.  Tomorrow will start out clear before isolated thunderstorms/snow showers move into the area.  A little thundersnow could be exciting!

As for closing dates for ski resorts, Loveland will be closing next Sunday (May 2nd) and A-Basin is scheduled to close on June 6.  Spring backcountry ski season is definitely underway, with this weekend being the exception as the heavy snow has caused an Avalanche Warning to go into effect for the Front Range Mountains.  Hopefully this fresh snow will delay the spring melt at least a little bit, which is happening earlier than usual thanks to a low snow year and a dust layer that has coated the western mountains.

Written by Alan

April 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

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