#Snowpack news (January 4, 2022): “Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose” — James Taylor

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

From Summit Daily (Nicole Miller):

The two-day New Year’s Eve storm, which was forecast to drop 8 to 16 inches on Summit County ski areas, under-delivered, with Loveland Ski Area getting 8 inches in 48 hours, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area picking up 7 inches, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Copper Mountain Resort each getting 6 inches, and Keystone Resort reporting 5 inches.

But anyone who skied first chair New Year’s Day knows the mountains skied deeper than the reports, and the snow totals since Christmas Eve are still pretty rosy, with more than 30 inches for almost all Summit County resorts.

Copper and Breckenridge each received 35 inches of snow — just 1 inch shy of 3 feet — during the 10-day holiday period. Loveland, which is on the other side of the Continental Divide from Summit County, picked up 34 inches. A-Basin tallied 31 inches in the same 10-day period, and Keystone got the least, with 26 inches.

Leading the way with a season total of 25 inches is Copper, but Loveland and Breckenridge aren’t far behind with 123 and 115 inches, respectively. A-Basin has totaled 85.25 inches, and Keystone has reported 80 inches this season…

All the fresh snow and wind have created considerable (3 out of 5) avalanche danger at all elevations in the Vail and Summit County zone, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

“Avalanche conditions are dangerous,” the center’s report states. “There is no clearer evidence than a very large, unsurvivable avalanche running (Sunday) morning in the East Vail area.”

That slide broke near the ground, 6-10 feet deep, on a wind-loaded slope near a ridgetop, but the avalanche forecast cautioned not to underestimate sheltered terrain.

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map January 4, 2022 via the NRCS.

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