This report will cover Breckenridge and A-Basin. Good call to bag SLC and switch to DEN. Well worth the $150 cancellation fee I couldn’t avoid!
Decided to ski Breckenridge today to give myself good tree options in case visibility was an issue. Started snowing around 7am and came down hard all day. 6 inches on the car when I left. It was more up top, with refills all day. Not a picture kind of day. Snowy, cold, little windy, with the limited visibility I was worried about. Didn’t bother with the Imperial Summit Express because skiing blind didn’t sound like fun. So, I kept it mostly in the trees, with some meadow skipping late.
With two feet of snow to start Feb and the storm today coverage was great. Some rocky spots and thin coverage in exposed aspects, but mostly a powder, velvet, quiet kind of day. These are the only photos I took (from my condo) when it stopped snowing.
Breck will be great! Snow surfaces, when not skiing powder, were great all weekend. With Colorado looking at a stormy patter with snow every couple of days for the next two weeks it will only get better. It’s still considered a lean snow year, but February has been very kind. While there are some rocks out there on exposed faces and on ridge lines, conditions are great.
Hopefully you’ll have a few days and will get both some powder and some sunshine! It is a little frustrating to lose the high alpine to visibility. High speed cruising in sunny, open bowls is fun!
It has been a lean year for much of the West, compared to average snowfall and % of average snow pack. However, many CO resorts have seen upwards of 3 feet since the beginning of Feb, with a stormy pattern for the extended forecast. So, despite a few rocky or boney exposed aspects the conditions are currently very good, with the I 70 resorts close to 100% open.