Another snow dusting up high spreads ski bug in Colorado high country

By Real Vail
Real AspenSeptember 15, 2011
A winter weather advisory overnight Wednesday produced a dusting of snow on the highest peaks but just a lot of rain on the ski slopes of Vail Thursday morning.

That's the second such dusting up high so far this late summer, and it has snow riders digging out their gear and assessing their needs for the coming season.

Just to the east over Vail Pass in Summit County the snow seems to have been a bit more serious up high (see Arapahoe Basin photo and Summit County video), but it hardly matters since most of this white stuff will be long gone by the time snow guns crank up in earnest in October.
Snow on the peaks above Arapahoe Basin.
A-Basin photo
Loveland and A-Basin will once again duel to be the first Colorado resort to open for the season – probably sometime in the first week of October.

Vail and Beaver Creek open on Friday, Nov. 18, and Wednesday, Nov. 23, respectively.

Weather watchers are calling for a warming trend this weekend, which is a lot easier to predict than what kind of winter snow riders can expect this coming season. Most models see a second straight La Niña season in which water temperatures in the Pacific determine the moisture flow across the American West.

In a La Niña year, including last season's record snowfall totals, the north-central mountains of Colorado usually get the most snow.

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  24hr snow mid dpth snow cond.
A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
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