Snowpack news: Crested Butte Mountain Resort cancels the Freeskiing World Tour’s annual stop due to low snowpack in the extreme terrain on the mountain


Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for the current Colorado snowpack map from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From The Crested Butte News (Alissa Johnson):

Crested Butte Mountain Resort made a difficult decision last week to cancel the Freeskiing World Tour’s annual stop in Mt. Crested Butte, originally scheduled for March 7-11. Ski patrol and event organizers made the call due to low snowpack in the extreme terrain.

“Due to an unfortunate weather pattern this year, we cannot provide the venue that truly showcases the athletes and what they have come to expect here in Crested Butte,” said Crested Butte snow safety director Frank Coffey in the official announcement.

Public relations and communications manager Erica Reiter said the decision also came down to safety. She also said CBMR opted not to relocate the event to a run like the Headwall because it would not provide the type of terrain expected by freeskiing athletes. It would displace other skiers on the mountain, and given how late the Headwall opened, that wasn’t a viable choice.

From the Summit Daily News (Janice Kurbjun):

The Colorado River Basin is at 75 percent of average snowpack and 59 percent of last year’s snowpack. That’s improved from Feb. 1’s 69 percent of average snowpack. Water storage in the Colorado basin, though, is at 116 percent of average, indicating good planning on behalf of water managers in a high runoff year last year…

Statewide, snowpack is at 81 percent of average, up from 72 percent recorded on Feb. 1. Water storage statewide is at 107 percent of average…

Meanwhile, February’s snowfall pounded the Yampa, White and North Platte basins as well as the combined San Juan, Animas, Dolores and San Miguel basins, putting those areas in a much better position than in previous months.

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