Colorado ski area forecast: Tons of snow fell at ski areas over the weekend, and more is coming

Eleven Colorado ski resorts picked up a foot or more of snow over the weekend and six can expect another foot or more over the next five days, according to OpenSnow.

Wolf Creek sits atop both lists with 23 inches having fallen over the weekend and another 18 in the five-day forecast. Powderhorn also hit the 20-inch mark over the weekend.

Other resorts receiving a foot or more included Aspen Highlands and Monarch at 17, Crested Butte and Steamboat with 15. Hesperus, Purgatory and Vail received 13, while Beaver Creek and Telluride received 12.

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The next influx of mountain snow is due mid-week, according to Joel Gratz, founding meteorologist at OpenSnow, a mountain snow forecasting and reporting service.

“On Tuesday, while most mountains see dry weather throughout the day, the first pieces of energy from the midweek storm will bring snow showers to the northern mountains,” Gratz wrote in his Monday morning report. “From Tuesday night through Wednesday, snow showers will ramp up over the northern mountains, with snow likely becoming moderate to intense by Wednesday afternoon. Areas north of I-70 could see powder during the afternoon on Wednesday. Wednesday night into Thursday morning is when all mountains will see the most snow, with Thursday morning likely being the best time for powder.”

Steamboat, Telluride, Silverton, Snowmass and Beaver Creek are forecast to receive a foot or more. Other areas that can expect to hit double-digits include Aspen Highlands, Purgatory, Aspen, Buttermilk, Crested Butte and Vail.

Nine of Colorado’s 28 resorts are reporting base depths at 100% or more of their historical averages for this date. Wolf Creek is sitting at 117% and Powderhorn 115%. Others at 100% or more include the four Aspen Snowmass resorts, Sunlight, Crested Butte and Monarch.

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