Even though the calendars for many resorts showed a closing day of April 14th, this turned out to be a false finish. Thanks to the plentiful snow over the last few days, many areas are now re-opening for a bonus long weekend on April 19-21.
The story started with a strong storm that brought 10-15 inches of snow to most of the northern two-thirds of Colorado on Saturday night. This came just in time for closing day festivities on Sunday, April 14th. But that wasn’t the end of the snow, and in fact it was just the beginning.
On Monday, a strong and stationary band of snow setup in central and northern Colorado. While these type of snow bands are not rare, the slow movement of this snow band was unusual and it produced over two feet of snow for many areas. Unfortunately the only lifts spinning were located at Aspen Highlands, Loveland, A-Basin, and Winter Park.
After a brief lull on Tuesday, another area of snow moved through the state on Wednesday and Wednesday night, bringing another 4-8 inches for most locations. The combined effect of these storms prompted many resorts – such as Breckenridge, Copper, Vail, and Powderhorn – to reopen for the upcoming weekend. And the bonus is that there will be yet another storm late Friday night into Saturday, so the weekend could provide late-season skiers and riders with fresh tracks. Just remember to get out there early, because the high sun angle of mid April quickly turns fluffy snow into a thick, sloppy mess.
Enjoy the flakes and the extra weekend of fun!
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.
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