#Colorado ski area #snowpack far above January average (January 6, 2023): 10 resorts, including Steamboat, Vail and Crested Butte, are more than 30% above normal — The #Denver Post

West snowpack basin-filled map January 5, 2023 via the NRCS

Click the link to read the article on The Denver Post website (John Meyer). Here’s an excerpt:

Last fall the U.S. Climate Prediction Center’s 90-day forecast for our region predicted above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation. Instead, the opposite has occurred. Temperatures have been mostly normal or colder, while the Colorado snowpack as a whole stands 26% above normal…

According to figures posted by OpenSnow, three ski areas — Steamboat, Powderhorn and Sunlight — have snowpacks that are more than 40% above normal. Seven more are 30-39% above normal, including Beaver Creek, Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Monarch, Purgatory, Snowmass and Vail. Another seven stand at 20% to 29%. Only two are currently below average, and barely so: Breckenridge (97%) and Cooper (99%). Here’s another eye-popping number: Rocky Mountain National Park stands at 60% above normal.

Colorado snowpack basin-filled map January 5, 2023 via the NRCS.

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