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Winter Park Resort has March for the record books

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

February was a pretty unremarkable month for snowfall at Winter Park Resort. The resort tallied 19”, or around 32 percent of its 10-year average. The year before, it got around 51 inches.

March, of course, is the snowiest month of the year, and while that little bit of knowledge may have helped a few die-hard powder junkies weather the heartbreaking sign of bear snow stakes and dormant rocks awoken on wind-scoured slopes, nothing could have prepared them for such a total reversal of fortune.

In what Winter Park Resort has already affectionately dubbed “Miracle March,” Ullr dropped more than 100 inches on the mountain.

“We got 101 inches for the month of March, which is the second snowiest March we’ve ever had in recorded history,” said Steve Hurlbert, Winter Park Resort’s Communications Director.

“So to say it’s been awesome is kind of an understatement.”

To put it in perspective, the resort hasn’t seen more than 82 inches in March in the last 10 years. It hasn’t gotten more than 90 inches of snow in any month in the last 10 year.

The snowiest month ever recorded was March 2003, when the resort received 114 inches of snowfall, Hurlbert said.

Many thought that this March could overtake the blizzard of 2003, including Hurlbert.

“What’s amazing is that not only was it the second snowiest March but we were just a foot from tying the record,” Hurlbert said. “So the fact that we were just so close to making a new one is just great.”

The intense precipitation has allowed the resort to keep Mary Jane Territory open until May 7.

“Being able to extend our season into May is head spinning because it’s just the second time in history,” Hurlbert said. “It’s pretty cool.”

As Hurlbert spoke Tuesday morning, another two inches of fresh snow had fallen at the resort, and forecasters expect another 10 inches through Saturday.

For those looking to make deep tracks in prime snow, don’t wait.

“It’s the best skiing of the entire season right now,” Hurlbert said.


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