Snow Continues To Fall Over Colorado

Denver, CO ? March 5, 2003 ?It?s March madness in the Colorado mountains as resorts see up to 21 inches of fresh snow in 24 hours with no signs of it letting up.  Mid-mountain bases have seen nearly a 50 percent increase year-to-date.  

According to the 6am (MST) snow report found on ,Powderhorn is the overnight winner with 21 inches in the last 24 hours, Beaver Creek and Vail received 16, Monarch saw 15, Snowmass 14, Steamboat and Winter Park got a foot of the fresh stuff. Aspen Highlands and Howelson Hill saw 9, Telluride, Buttermilk got 8 inches, while Breckenridge, Durango Mountain Resort and Silverton got half a foot.

Arapahoe Basin, Copper, Crested Butte, Eldora, Keystone, Loveland, Ski Cooper, and SolVista didn?t miss out on the storm either with each receiving up to five inches of new snow.

Arapahoe Basin is 14 percent above average snowfall year to date right now.  In February The Basin saw 54 inches of snow bringing the resort 20 percent above average for the month of February.  They received 55 inches of snow since Valentine’s Day with a total snowfall of 237 inches through the month of February.

Snowfall for February was 115 percent of average at Aspen/Snowmass with snow falling 18 of 28 days in February. Total snowfall to date at top of Snowmass 251 inches or 20.9 feet.

Beaver Creek Ski Patrol snow report data confirms snowfall at the resort for a grand total of 22 out of 28 days during the month of February. The continuous snowfall translates to over 72 inches of snow during the month. The resort received over two feet of snow during the last week of the month. Total snowfall to date is 244.5 inches; the historical accumulative-to-date average is 217 inches.

Copper Mountain has received 247 inches to date this season compared to their 30 year season average of 173 inches.

In February, Crested Butte received 170 inches of snow this year compared to 134 inches last year, the best snowfall since the 1996-1997 season. For the southwest quadrant, the Gunnison Basin has the highest percentage of normal snowpack/water content for the state.  We are currently reporting a 63″ base on top and 59 inches mid-mountain and it’s been snowing all day. 

Last week´s storm totaled out at 37 inches of fresh snow at Durango Mountain Resort . The snow total hit 54 inches for the month–the 2nd best February in five years. 

As of March 4, Loveland Ski Area has recorded 313 inches or 26 feet of snow while the average snowfall year-to-date is 241 inches.  That puts the resort at 72 inches or 6 feet above their average of 400 inches annually. Last season, Loveland ?s total snowfall was 238 inches ? a total the resort already saw in early February this year. In the month of February along, Loveland received 85 inches of snow.

As of today, Powderhorn has received three feet of snow since February 25 and the snow continues to fall.

Silverton saw a record-breaking February.  It snowed 18 out of 21 days in a row and 23 out of 28 days in February. The ten-foot snowstake at 11,800 feet has been completely buried and lost since November. 

Steamboat , home of Champagne Powder ?, has received 285.5 inches (23.79 feet) of snow this winter, with snow falling 19 of 28 days in February alone.  Their base depths of 76 inches at mid-mountain and 98-inches at the summit are some of the best in Colorado . Over the past two weeks, 74 inches (over 6 feet) fell at mid-mountain and 87.5 inches (7.29 feet) at the summit , making it the second snowiest February on record.  Only February 1993 beats this season and that year ended with 400+ inches.           

  Sunlight Mountain Resort has received 72 inches of snow since February 1, 2003 , giving the resort their best conditions in five years.  Sunlight has a 63 inch base at top and 59 at midway.

Telluride has received 35 inches of fresh powder in the last week. In the month of February, 599 inches fell – the most since the 95/96 season – with 17 inches falling in 72 hours on Feb. 26 alone.  

For the month of February Vail received nearly seven feet of snow at mid-mountain, which is more than 2.2 feet above February’s average snowfall. This recent storm brings Vail’s cumulative season snowfall to 305 inches, which is its highest cumulative snowfall in six years.

February finished with a bang and March rolled in like a lion at Winter Park Resort . It snowed 10 days straight (Feb. 20 – March 1) with 41inches falling, their largest snow storm of the season. Winter Park is 120 percent above average for February snowfall (68.1 inches total). To date, the resort has received 260 inches which puts them 01.5 percent of average for year-to-date snowfall, well on their way to the 367 inches season average. 

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