January 21, 2010: White Gold (Brian Bledsoe)

The recent storm that is hammering California, Arizona and Utah, is going to hammer Colorado's southwest mountains.  Several feet of snow will get dumped in the San Juan Mountains with lesser totals for the mountains south of I-70.  The resorts in Summit County are going to get shorted by this storm, as most of the good moisture will get wrung out in the southwest part of the state.

Check out the latest ski conditions:

 

Report current as of 6AM for 01/21/2010   Lifts Open 24hrs 48hrs Mid-Mt. Depth Surface Cond. Beginner Terrain Open Intermediate Terrain Open Expert Terrain Open  
Arapahoe Basin
updated: 1:59:29 PM MST 1/21/10
5/7 0.50 1.50 26.00 P/PP 100% 59% 06% More Info »
Aspen Highlands
updated: 3:59:30 AM MST 1/21/10
5/5 0.00 2.00 33.00 PP 100% 100% 93% More Info »
Aspen Mountain
updated: 3:58:01 AM MST 1/21/10
6/8 0.00 1.00 24.00 PP 100% 100% 87% More Info »
Buttermilk
updated: 3:58:43 AM MST 1/21/10
6/6 0.00 1.00 24.00 PP 88% 88% 85% More Info »
Copper Mountain
updated: 1:37:06 PM MST 1/21/10
19/22 0.00 1.00 33.00 TR/PP 100% 100% 77% More Info »
Crested Butte
updated: 5:12:10 AM MST 1/21/10
12/16 2.00 6.00 40.00 P/PP 100% 100% 100% More Info »
Snow is in the forecast through the weekend!
Echo Mountain
updated: 10:22:22 AM MST 1/21/10
3/3 0.00 0.00 26.00 PP 100% 88% 50% More Info »
Echo's next Night Rider Series is Feb. 4-5 from 6-9p.
Eldora
updated: 1:00:06 PM MST 1/21/10
8/12 0.00 0.00 34.00 PP 100% 95% 60% More Info »
Howelsen
updated: 4:36:34 PM MST 1/20/10
3/3 1.00 1.00 27.00 PP 100% 100% 100% More Info »
Loveland
updated: 12:48:19 PM MST 1/21/10
8/9 0.50 1.50 36.00 PP 100% 96% 46% More Info »
Monarch Mountain
updated: 12:11:12 PM MST 1/21/10
5/5 1.00 2.00 43.00 P/PP 100% 100% 100% More Info »
Report current as of 6AM for 01/21/2010   Lifts Open 24hrs 48hrs Mid-Mt. Depth Surface Cond. Beginner Terrain Open Intermediate Terrain Open Expert Terrain Open  
Powderhorn
updated: 5:54:20 AM MST 1/21/10
4/4 7.00 8.00 37.00 P 100% 100% 100% More Info »
Purgatory (Durango)
updated: 1:03:58 PM MST 1/21/10
7/10 5.00 16.00 55.00 P 100% 100% 100% More Info »
Blizzard warning in effect, up to 3 more feet on the way. Come enjoy the best conditions in the Southwest!
Silverton Mountain
updated: 5:03:11 PM MST 1/20/10
1/1 17.00 17.00 65.00 P 00% 00% 100% More Info »
The best expert skiing around.
Ski Cooper
updated: 12:34:50 PM MST 1/21/10
4/5 0.00 0.00 25.00 PP/HP 100% 100% 100% More Info »
Lose the crowds not your family, short lines, low prices, more fun.
Snowmass
updated: 3:57:20 AM MST 1/21/10
16/22 0.00 3.00 28.00 PP 94% 94% 68% More Info »
SolVista Basin
updated: 3:05:38 AM MST 1/20/10
5/6 0.00 0.00 16.00 PP 85% 80% 45% More Info »
Steamboat
updated: 12:44:31 PM MST 1/21/10
16/18 1.00 2.00 33.00 PP/HP 100% 100% 98% More Info »
Check out our Champagne Powder Package, up to 20% off lodging, lifts and rentals! Go to www.steamboat.com.
Sunlight
updated: 5:43:56 AM MST 1/21/10
3/3 1.00 3.50 30.00 P/PP 100% 100% 98% More Info »
Snow, Snow, Snow!
Telluride
updated: 3:34:23 PM MST 1/21/10
18/18 3.00 3.00 41.00 P/PP 100% 100% 83% More Info »
Winter Park
updated: 12:52:02 PM MST 1/21/10
20/24 0.10 1.10 40.00 PP 100% 100% 79% More Info »
Wolf Creek Ski Area
updated: 6:59:01 AM MST 1/21/10
6/7 8.00 22.00 86.00 P 100% 100% 100% More Info »
    Lifts Open 24hrs 48hrs Mid-Mt. Depth " Surface Cond. Beginner Terrain Open Intermediate Terrain Open Expert Terrain Open  

Notice how meager the mid mountain depth is for many of the northern resorts.  Arapahoe Basin jumps right off the page, with a 26" depth and much of their blue runs not even open.  Only 6% of their black runs are open!  When Powderhorn has deeper base than Copper Mountain, Aspen, and Steamboat, you know something's up.  Meanwhile, Wolf Creek, Telluride, Crested Butte, and Purgatory are having boom years.  Plus, it's only going to get better...

Like I've been talking about for quite some time, El Nino energizes the southern storm track and produces more frequent storms for our southern resorts.  Northern resorts are a bit too far north to get in on the really juicy storms.  We need more of a westerly or northwesterly flow to get them in on the act.  Unfortunately, that doesn't look like it will happen for a while.  So, if you want some great skiing and you don't mind driving a little bit, head to the southern part of the state.

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

 

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  • by Al Location: Security-Widefield on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:03 PM
    Ed-I would not even go near 2 inches. More like 1 inch or less.
  • by Ed Location: widefield on Jan 25, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    So this next 'storm' coming wednesday/thursday, let me guess...a dusting to 2 inches for the greater Colorado Springs metro?
  • by my.02 Location: Widefield on Jan 24, 2010 at 08:31 PM
    Where does widefield get their water? With all the restrictions around us, we have never had any...
  • by Al Location: Security-Widefield on Jan 23, 2010 at 07:12 PM
    Ed, I will believe it when I see it.
  • by Ed Location: widefield on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:47 PM
    Al, haven't you heard? March and April. Meh, I'm not holding my breath.
  • by Al Location: Security-Widefield on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:53 PM
    That is all nice for the snowpack that will become someones drinking water this summer, but when will our own mountains and local areas get some of this "White-Gold"?
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