Grand County’s ski resorts welcome multiple inches of fresh powder from overnight storm
Grand County’s bipolar winter weather continued this weekend with the first significant snowfall in recent weeks as multiple inches piled up overnight in Middle Park with snowfall still forecasted for most of the county well into Sunday morning.
Overnight snowfall figures from our local ski spots showed five inches falling at Winter Park Resort overnight while Granby Ranch’s website showed four inches of snowfall in the last 24 hours. The town of Granby itself, which typically sees slightly less snowfall than the resort, had welcomed roughly three-and-a-half inches by approximately 8 a.m. with more still coming down.
Cross country skiers also got a nice little dose of powder for Sunday morning with all four of Grand County’s Nordic resorts tallying three inches or more. The deepest snowfall among cross county resorts was found at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch just south of Granby where officials from the Nordic Center there estimated overnight snowfall between four to five inches with heavy snowfall still adding to the accumulation Sunday morning.
The Fraser Valley’s Nordic resort, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, marked between three and four inches of overnight snowfall Sunday morning with more still coming down. Grand Lake Nordic Center, near Grand Lake, and Latigo Ranch, northwest of Kremmling, each tallied three inches of overnight snowfall Sunday morning.
Officials from the Nordic Center said they were receiving only light snow as of about 9 a.m. but with the rest of the mountains around them socked in with weather there was hope that more was on the way. A representative from Latigo Ranch noted it was still snowing in the vicinity but high winds were blowing the high country powder significantly.
The ski resorts of the I-70 corridor received modest amounts overnight as well. Loveland marked their overnight tally at three-and-a-half inches while Arapahoe Basin saw five inches. Breckenridge Resort found itself with six inches of new snow Sunday morning, while further west Copper Mountain got four inches out of our recent storm, the same as nearby Vail. Further north Steamboat Springs woke up to three-and-a-half inches. The big winner of the snowfall lottery though was Keystone Resort, east of Dillon Reservoir on Loveland Pass, which saw seven inches of overnight snowfall.
Around Grand County the Natural Resource Conservation Service Snotel sites recorded a mixed bag of snowfall figures. North of Granby the Three Lakes region saw light snowfall, according to Snotel data. The Stillwater Creek Snotel site, located on Stillwater Pass Road a short ways west of the Idleglen Staging Area, tallied only one inch of overnight snowfall Sunday morning. Portions of the Kawuneeche Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park saw no overnight snowfall from the recent storm with the Phantom Valley Snotel site actually recording a one-inch decline in the local snowpack as of Sunday morning.
A bit further up Trail Ridge Road the Lake Irene site showed two inches of new snow Sunday morning while the Willow Park Snotel site, located on Old Fall River Road not far from the Alpine Visitor Center, tallied three inches.
Most of the Snotel sites for the mountain passes around Grand County – Berthoud, Jones, and Willow Creek – were not yet reporting new data as of press time Sunday morning but Rabbit Ears Pass northwest of Kremmling recording two inches of new snow Sunday.
Last night’s snowfall came as no surprise to the state weather forecaster, who were predicting upwards of seven inches in places from the Saturday night – Sunday morning storm. Colorado’s Dept. of Transportation was warning travelers to be prepared for icy roads and severe winter driving conditions over the weekend.
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