Continuous heavy snowfall and strong winds left parts of Colorado’s ski country crippled over the weekend as 48-hour snowfall totals rose to 39 inches.

Slopegoers will not be able to access high alpine lifts and terrain for a second day on Sunday at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Following 39 inches of fresh powder in the last 48 hours and 54 inches of snow over the last 7 days, the resort closed off access to parts of the mountain to ensure the safety of employees and visitors in high-risk avalanche terrain. While there is no estimated time for reopening, lower mountain lifts will continue to spin.

Multiple areas at Copper Mountain also closed Sunday due to avalanche mitigation efforts, including Spaulding Bowl, Western Union Ridge, and the Upper Enchanted Forest. Spaulding Bowl has since reopened. As of Saturday, the resort reported 32 inches of fresh white powder in 48 hours, with another 5 inches of snow blanketing the area overnight.

Meanwhile, lift lines spiraled out of control over the snow-filled weekend at Vail Resort. A Reddit post from u/abc12me shows video of the skiers and riders lined up for hundreds of feet with the post captioned as “lift line apocalypse at Vail after a 17″ dump.”

Lift line apocalypse at Vail after a 17″ dump from r/skiing

Parking issues continued at Eldora with lots at 100% capacity by early Sunday afternoon. Traffic stacked up along Shelf Road, spreading to the entrance gate of the resort as rumors swirled around of a possible road closure due to a semi-truck stuck in the snow. As of 12:11 PM Sunday, Eldora says the road is now open. While parking is starting to pick up again, delays are still expected.

According to Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, even more fresh powder is expected in the upcoming days with some areas forecasted to see as much 12 as inches of new snow by Tuesday.

Heavy snow and high winds continuing in the mountains will make travel very difficult to impossible at times. Before you travel, be sure to check the official CDOT website for the latest road conditions along with active traction and chain laws.

Editor’s Note: All weather statements, lift closures, and snow accumulations are subject to change. Check the official Colorado Department of Transportation website for up-to-date information on road conditions and the National Weather Service for updates on incoming storms. For your mountain forecast, we recommend visiting OpenSnow. For daily avalanche conditions, always check with avalanche.state.co.us before heading into the backcountry. 

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