If you’re as stoked for ski season as I am, brace yourself – snow is about to fall across Colorado. In short, snow storms are expected to start rolling through the state starting Friday through mid-next week, with most of the major accumulation coming later in this several day-long wave of flakes.
According to OpenSnow, the most trusted snow forecast among the state’s skiers and snowboarders, the biggest snow will be dropping in the Berthoud Pass and Breckenridge areas, with an estimated 6 to 18 inches dumping between now and Tuesday night at Berthoud Pass and an estimated 8 to 20 inches falling in Breckenridge in the same timeframe. More snow is expected on Wednesday, though it’s a little bit further out as far as accurate forecasting goes.
Other places expected to get hit with substantial snow include Wolf Creek, which may get up to 17 inches during a shorter time frame and Loveland Ski Area, which is looking at a potential of 6 to 18 inches. Really though, snow will be falling all around ski-country. The only resorts listed that may not see snow include Buttermilk, Hesperus, and Granby Ranch, with Silverton, Sunlight, Snowmass, Eldora, and Echo Mountain on the bubble (around one inch predicted). Read the full report here.
This marks the end of summer outdoor recreation activities, as high-elevation spots, like Colorado’s many fourteen-thousand-foot peaks, are likely to get even more snow than what will be seen at resorts. If you’re planning on heading for the mountains this weekend, make sure you check the forecast first. Mountain-Forecast.com is personally my most trusted site. OpenSnow also recently launched a hiker-focused app called OpenSummit, which I would imagine has similar accuracy to OpenSnow, though I haven’t tested it extensively yet.
Author’s Note: As any weather forecast goes, these predictions could be quite wrong. If you’re headed for the mountains, prepare for three times as much snow, and if nothing falls, don’t hate the messenger. I’ll be bummed, too.
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