EPIC SNOWFALL IN US SKI RESORTS
11th February 2020
Last modified on February 14th, 2020
If you’re heading west in the near future you are in for a real treat. US resorts, particularly those in Colorado and Utah, have had huge amounts of snow. UPDATED
So far it’s been a spectacular February for snowfall in parts of the US and Canada.
Some resorts are reporting that as much as 1.5 metres has dumped.
The skiing is ‘awesome’, as they like to say there.
As usual, it comes with problems.
At least one ski resort was cut off for days and there’s a high risk of avalanches.
Breckenridge has had a mighty 1.5 metres, with a nice 20cm top up overnight Sunday into Monday.
Not far away in Copper Mountain the snowstorms have been described as ‘unreal’.
By Monday, the resort had recorded more than 1.2 metres of snow in 7 days with ‘lots of of pow stashes to be found!’
Vail has thanked its skiers and snowboarders for their patience and its staff for their dedication and hard work to get the mountain open in ‘epic’ conditions.
“It’s been a wild few days here at Vail with historic snowfall,” the resort said on Monday.
It’s not only the snowfall that’s been epic, however.
Some of the lift queues have been too, it seems.
This was the scene, below, at the weekend after almost 1 metre of fresh snow fell in 48 hours.
We wrote about the queues in this Skiing Secrets post.
And here’s what it was like to ski at the weekend at Aspen Highlands…
Recap: Today's daily drop in on Aspen Highlands.
Posted by Aspen Snowmass on Friday, 7 February 2020
Arapahoe Basin has had more than 1 metre in four days.
“This has been quite a storm – and we are not quite done yet, the Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth said on Monday.
“It snowed much of the day again today. There are a few inches of snow sitting by the Flaming A right now. Everywhere I went today the skiing was excellent, deep, deep powder. Even though we were busy for a Monday, I was still finding new snow in the middle of the afternoon.”
Loveland posted the photo below on Tuesday 11th February to illustrate the amount of snow they’ve had.
It was going to be a beautiful bluebird day.
Telluride has had a more modest 15cm in the last 24 hours, with snow still falling on Tuesday morning.
Alta and Snowbird were closed from last Wednesday until the weekend with visitors and staff told to stay indoors.
The only road in and out of Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon was blocked for days by heavy snow and a series of natural avalanches.
This one, on Friday last week, came down into a car park.
No one was hurt.
Looks sketchy af across the street from the Alta Peruvian Lodge right now!📽️@mac_charvala #avalanche #altamagic #notskiingtoday
Posted by The Daily POW on Friday, 7 February 2020
The road was re-opened on Saturday.
“We get this much snow a lot,” an Alta spokesperson said to local media.
“It’s just the way the storm came in and the way the weather was created unstable circumstances.”
For those in resort, there’s a lot of digging required before they’re going anywhere…….
It’s not too shabby across the border in Canada either.
One of our regular readers, Tord Nilson, has just sent us some images from Sunshine Village and Lake Louise near Banff in Canada.
“The Wild West in Sunshine opened yesterday; some great snow in there but it needs a little more,” said Tord.
“Avi danger quite high in there so make sure you the gear and know how to use it!”
“The Trail Crew told me that the groomers are in some of the best conditions that they’ve ever seen – incredibly impressive on that front.”
“However the temperatures have been fluctuating hugely in this part of Canada,” Tord added.
And it is looking pretty good elsewhere in Canada too.
Sun Peaks, Canada
For all the weather news from the Alps, see our latest snow report, with updates from the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, who is in the Aosta Valley in Italy.