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And I thought we got dumped on here in the Summit

RICHARD CHITTICK

Maybe it was the lack of coffee in my system. Maybe it was a simple disbelief that one location in Colorado could receive that much snow in one day. But I simply could not believe what I was seeing on my computer screen Sunday morning.Sure, every resort in Colorado reaped some amazing benefits out of this weekend’s snowstorm.But 37 inches? Please…Maybe Crested Butte was the one confused. Maybe the resort got three inches in some places and seven inches in others. Maybe it got 10 inches, like Beaver Creek, and decided to split the difference. I first saw the figure on the Colorado Ski Country USA website, http://www.coloradoski.com and thought it was a typo. So I went to directly to Crested Butte’s website, http://www.skicb.com, and there it was again, right from the horse’s mouse – thirty seven inches, in one 24-hour period. I still wasn’t convinced, so I called their snow report line, and this is what I got: “If you can get out of your driveway, get up and rise and shine for first chair… Our surface conditions are none other than fluffy, to die for powder.” It’s not everyday that a ski resort can get away with reporting their conditions as “to die for,” but that’s what Crested Butte did on Sunday. And I thought the conditions at Copper were pretty good, and they only reported seven inches.But 37 inches? That’s an inch and a half an hour for 24-straight hours. “We were getting up to three inches an hour at one point,” said Eric “H-bomb” Baumm, a 15-year veteran of Crested Butte’s ski patrol and one of the patrollers who measured the snow on Sunday morning. “The skiing is excellent here right now, it’s just tough getting around.”Much of the resort’s resources were handed over to making the mountain skiable on Sunday. From grooming the green runs enough to make them friendly for beginners to bringing the upper mountain’s avalanche potential under control, the mountain had its hands full. “We finally gained the top of the mountain mid-day via lifts and snowmobiles,” he said. “I was out skiing for while, but then I ended up doing control work most of the day, which was a lot of slogging and wallowing.” I’d slog and wallow through 37 inches of snow to get a face shot. But I digress.Now that this storm has brought the Butte’s base up to 57 inches, it’s safe to say Crested Butte is set for the next few weeks, if not the entire season.”We’re working on avalanche control to go ahead and start opening the rest of the hill,” Baumm said. “We’re looking at having a great Christmas and a great December.”Did I hear someone say road trip?Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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