#Snowpack news:

Click on a thumbnail graphic to view a gallery of snowpack data from the NRCS.

Here’s the Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map from the NRCS.

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map January 29, 2018 via the NRCS.

And just for grins, here’s a screenshot of the major sub-basin SWE map for January 29, 2018 from NRCS.

Screenshot of the NRCS interactive SWE map for major sub-basins on January 29, 2018.

From the Summit Daily News (Allen Best):

Western resorts got blanketed with snow during the weekend. Telluride rejoiced with 17 inches. In Vail, people were reporting the conditions were actually pretty good.

But Crested Butte got only 5 inches of snow, so skiing remains largely limited to those runs with manufactured snow. The extreme stuff, for which the resort is noted, is still thin.

“The 5 inches we picked up this weekend didn’t change the world here,” says John Norton.

Norton is the executive director of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association and a former executive at ski areas, both Crested Butte and Aspen.

Like many other ski towns this winter, Crested Butte’s bookings held up well through Christmas, despite the absence of snow. But in the last month the numbers have faltered significantly.

Norton recently issued a memo in which he reported that March bookings “continue to suck. It used to be the biggest and most reliable winter month. Now it’s falling out of bed. March continues to be a puzzle.”

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