Spring storm drops snow, rain on Summit | SummitDaily.com

Spring storm drops snow, rain on Summit

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk After days of unseasonably warm weather across Summit County, Thursday morning dawned with nearly three inches of fresh snow blanketing the ground, trees and shrubs. Early in the morning low-lying clouds hung low over Frisco and below the summits of Peak 1 and Peak 2.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Weak storm systems moved through the High Country this week, hitting Summit County ski areas with up to 5 inches of snow and causing rain at lower elevations.

Area resorts are reporting mid-mountain snow depths in the 40-inch-plus range, with an average 96 percent of terrain open across Summit County.

With consistent 50-degree temperatures during the past week, spring skiing conditions continued to dominate slopes, with bare spots on some south-facing aspects and soft snow near base areas.

Breckenridge Ski Resort reported 3 inches of new snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Ninety-seven percent of the mountain was open Thursday, with the bottom section of Peak 7’s Pioneer trail closed, and some south-facing trails on Peak 8, including Southern Cross and Goodbye Girl, closed.

All 16 lifts were running Thursday at Breckenridge, with 100-percent access to T-bar skiing, a resort spokesperson said.

Copper Mountain’s Far East trail under A-Lift, several trails in Resolution Bowl and a few of Copper Bowl’s south-facing trails, including Iron Mask and Schaeffer’s, were closed Thursday.

Skiing from the resort’s Storm King Poma lift was delayed, but its opening was planned later in the day.

Copper reported 4 inches of new snow and 94 percent of the mountain open Thursday.

Snowcat operations in Erickson and Bergman bowls at Keystone Resort were not running Thursday. More snow and colder temperatures were needed for the service to open again, a reservations employee said.

Keystone reported Thursday morning 5 inches of snowfall in the last 48 hours. The area had a 39-inch base and was 94 percent open.

With the highest base elevation of the county’s four resorts, Arapahoe Basin was still 100 percent open Thursday, according to the snow report.

That figure does not include the steeps on the East Wall, which have not opened this year. A ski patroller said last week 1 to 2 feet of new snow was needed before the staff would consider opening the East Wall.

On Thursday, A-Basin reported 5 inches of new snow in the previous two days.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) forecast called for temperatures to drop “to a more seasonal regime,” with light snow expected tonight.

CAIC forecaster Scott Toepfer said a colder but weak weather pattern will develop, possibly producing 3 to 7 inches of snow with light to moderate winds for the weekend.

Kim Marquis can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 249 or kmarquis@summitdaily.com.

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