Colorado ski areas (Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat) get a dump of fresh snow

Massive amounts of snow are heading for the mountains of Colorado this week with two or more feet predicted for some locations.

Over the next five days, Steamboat is expected to receive 29 inches, according to forecasting and reporting service OpenSnow. Buffalo Pass near Steamboat could get 27 inches and Cameron Pass, a popular backcountry destination west of Fort Collins, could get 22.

Areas that can expect 15 to 19 inches through Friday include Vail, Beaver Creek, Granby Ranch, some backcountry areas including Jones Pass and Vail Pass, and two cross-country ski areas in the Grand County, Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Snow Mountain Ranch. Winter Park and Powderhorn should get 14 inches and Aspen areas can expect about a foot.

The storm arrives first in southern Colorado with Purgatory, Silverton and Wolf Creek expected to receive 5 to 10 inches on Monday. On Tuesday, the focus shifts to the northern and central mountains.

“It’s going to be a fun week of snow across the state,” OpenSnow founding meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote in his forecast Monday. “The beginnings of the season are often not so good in terms of snow cover and the number of powder days.”

The snow season so far has been good for Colorado resorts with many snowfalls being significantly above normal. Sunlight is 38% above normal and snow mass 32% above normal.

Areas that are 15% above normal or more include Wolf Creek, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Beaver Creek, Vail, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, and Powderhorn. Others with above average snowfall include Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Eldora and Monarch.

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