Silverton, Colo., December 26, 2008…The best December on record for Silverton Mountain. Another 40" of new snow fell in the last 24 hours (estimated based on precipitation in Town), bringing the mid mountain base to 99 inches deep. Silverton Mountain has received more than 196" of new snow this season.
All roads to and from the Town of Silverton are closed at this time due to avalanche hazard. The road to the ski area could open as soon as this morning and as soon as it does the ski patrol will have the mountain ready for powder hungry skiers. There could be substantially more than 40" of new snow waiting for the skiers when the staff gets to the mountain after the road re-opens. Silverton Mountain ski patrol was prepping the ski area yesterday (12/25/08) and the skiing was the best of the season as it snowed several inches per hour all day.
What a season so far. This breaks the December snow record set in massive winter of 2007/08. The skiing has been unbelievable this season with several feet of fresh and deep snow for each weekend.
Silverton Mountain normally averages 400" of snow per year, with the previous record of 600" inches set in 2007/2008.