|Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain|
A series of snowstorms that entered Colorado last Wednesday and Utah over the weekend continued the run of good weather Western U.S. ski resorts have enjoyed this season.
In late November and early December, a spate of early-season snow allowed many resorts to open early or to open additional terrain in time for the busy holiday travel season.
In Colorado, the most recent storm delivered up to 31 inches, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) reports. Since the storm began, CSCUSA resorts have received 20.0 inches of new snow on average; 18 resorts have recorded double-digit snow totals, and seven resorts have enjoyed two feet or more of fresh powder.
The highest snowfall totals for this storm were in the north-central areas of the state, although accumulations throughout Colorado were impressive. Copper Mountain and Steamboat have each registered 31 inches of new snow since the system entered Colorado last Wednesday, January 8, whereas Winter Park saw 27 inches, Eldora received 25 inches, Arapahoe Basin and Ski Granby Ranch measured 24 inches each, Loveland amassed 23 inches, and Howelsen Hill counted 14.5 inches.
Further south and west, Sunlight Mountain Resort celebrated 23 inches, Crested Butte welcomed 22 inches and Ski Cooper saw 20 inches. These resorts were close to reaching the two-foot figure this morning and may break it this afternoon as snowfall continues.
Over the course of the storm Snowmass received 17 inches, Aspen Highlands, Monarch Mountain, and Powderhorn all received 16 inches, Aspen Mountain recorded 15 inches of new powder, and Buttermilk registered 9 inches.
The slow moving system stretched toward the southern-most portion of the state as well, where Silverton Mountain added up 27 inches of new snow. Nearby Telluride measured 19 inches, 9 inches fell at Durango Mountain Resort, and Wolf Creek added to its 61-inch base with 6 inches of fresh snow.
In Utah, Canyons Resort enjoyed 17 inches of fresh snow over the weekend. With nearly two feet of new snow falling in the past six days and over eight feet of cumulative snowfall already this winter, Iron Mountain opened for the first time this season, the 19th out of 19 lifts at Canyons to open.
In celebration of the storm, Canyons is offering guests a special lift ticket deal. When arriving at Salt Lake City Airport, guests can text “Canyons [guest email address]” to 366-98 and receive $30 off one adult lift ticket. In addition to this great deal, book three or more nights at Grand Summit Hotel, Sundial Lodge, Silverado Lodge, or Vintage on the Stand, and receive your final night of lodging and final day of skiing free as part of the Ski Free Stay Free lodging package. Minimum stay required, black-out dates valid. Book online at Canyonsresort.com or call 888-CANYONS.
The run of good weather has been beneficial to travel and tourism in the Western U.S. Recently, CSCUSA released a report highlighting positive trends in arrivals and hotel stays in the state.
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