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Snowstorms Bring Plenty Of Powder For The Holidays
A late autumn storm brought plenty of fresh accumulation to most of Colorado this past weekend, with Wolf Creek picking up an impressive 30" and Purgatory getting more than 20" as well. Monarch Mountain wasn't far behind with 17" of new snow, while Steamboat was hit with 13". Most other major resorts across the state also received anywhere from five to ten inches of new accumulation, which means nearly any hill will be ready for the holiday rush beginning this weekend.
Taking a quick look at current base levels for snow at some of the more iconic ski destinations across the west shows that there is plenty of powder currently on the ground. For instance, Snowbird has a base of 60" at the moment and has already received more than 118" so far this season. Jackson Hole is doing quite well for themselves too, having racked up an impressive 164" of snow before winter has even officially begun. If you're headed to the Lake Tahoe region, Heavenly is boasting a base of between 30-50" with total accumulations in excess of 120" on some parts of the mountain. Nearby, Squaw Valley has received as much as 6" of fresh powder in the past day or so, bringing its base up to nearly 70" as well.
Weather forecasts indicate that another large storm front will hit the western U.S. later this week, bringing more snow to many areas. If you're planning on spending some time on the slopes this holiday season, it seems you'll have plenty of fresh powder to shred.
[Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]