Summit powder day
April 17, 2009
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Ullr came through in a big way to help Breckenridge and Copper Mountain close their seasons in style, and to beef up the base at A-Basin and Loveland for a few more weeks of spring skiing and riding.
The big, wet spring storm rolling through the Rockies dropped 16 inches of snow at A-Basin by Friday morning, with more heavy snow expected during the day. The Legend is reporting a 64-inch base, the deepest of the season, with 100 percent of its terrain open.
Conditions on the East Wall and the hike-to terrain around North Pole should be at a season-best once the storm clears out.
Loveland has picked up 12 inches of fresh in the past few days, and the forecast calls for the current storm pound the area just east of the Continental Divide with an additional foot before clearing out Sunday. Loveland is 100 percent open with an 88-inch base.
Breckenridge reported eight inches Friday morning, with more snow expected throughout the day. Free-heel skiers gathering Sunday for the traditional Bump Buffet should find plenty of soft, deep snow.
Copper Mountain, winding up the season this weekend with the big Sunsation festival, reported seven inches Friday morning.
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Forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the storm is dropping heavier amounts near and east of the Continental Divide, with snowfall amounts tapering off farther west. Vail, for example, reported five inches Friday morning heading into the final weekend of the season.
The avalanche danger is rated as moderate, with triggered slides possible on steeper slopes. The forecasters said the center has already received reports of loose snow avalanches. Winds have been blowing from an unusual direction and could create tender slabs in unexpected locations.
Get the latest forecast and avalanche bulletins at http://avalanche.state.co.us/.