Colorado ski resorts may be starting to shut their doors for the season, but the snow isn’t done falling.
Though Thursday is expected to be dry, a storm moving in Thursday night should drop 4 to 8 inches of snow through Friday night, said OpenSnow forecaster Joel Gratz. Another storm is expected to bring another 5 to 15 inches through Monday morning, with the deepest totals in the northern and central mountains.
“Sunday morning should offer thicker, denser powder, then on Monday morning, we should see fluffier snow,” Gratz wrote. “Additional storms are likely next Wednesday morning (April 11) and again next Friday into Saturday (April 13-14).”
Not a bad way to cap off a season that struggled with snowfall.
For Gratz’s full forecast, head to OpenSnow’s Colorado report.
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The Science Behind the Snow
Why was this season’s snowpack so low?
Arapahoe Basin and Colorado nonprofit Protect Our Winters are pointing to climate change, and they want to help you understand why at a panel at A-Basin after the lifts close.
Ski seasons have become shorter, more extreme and less reliable in the face of climate change, as this season has shown. By 2090, Aspen Mountain could see its season reduced by 25 to 75 days, according to a 2017 study funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A low snowpack year is estimated to produce $1 billion less for the national economy than an average season with 17,400 fewer jobs due to lower skier participation, says areport compiled by POW and REI.
To say the least, climate change is expected to hurt ski resorts and the winter recreation economy at-large.
The scope of climate change extends well beyond meteorology, so Saturday’s panel aims to break down the science, economics, politics and business. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the A-Frame Lodge and is free to the public.
For information on the panelists, go to The Future of Skiing’s Facebook event.
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