Snowcast: Expect bluebird conditions this weekend in ski country

By Reginald Bautista Examiner.com - Published: January 23, 2014 | 12:00 am 0

As Colorado misses out on the would-be bounty from Winter Storm Janus, skiers and riders can expect bluebird conditions this weekend at ski resorts after a weather system brings light snowfall to select locations Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, Eldora, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin all have snow in their forecasts for Thursday. Eldora has the greatest chance of precipitation at 60 percent, with snow accumulations between 1 inch and 3 inches. Less than an inch of snow is possible at A-Basin and Breckenridge.

All three resorts are expected to have sunny skies later in the week, with Eldora seeing temperatures in the mid 30s, while Breckenridge and A-Basin will be in the mid 20s.

A remarkable string of snowstorms that jump-started the ski season has continued into the new year. According to Colorado Ski Country USA, a snowstorm on Jan. 8 brought an average of 20 inches of snow to Colorado Ski Country resorts.

Copper Mountain and Steamboat Springs both registered 31 inches of snow from that storm, Winter Park received 27 inches, Eldora saw 25 inches, Arapahoe Basin and Ski Granby Ranch had 24 inches, Loveland saw 23 inches and Howelsen Hill got 14.5 inches.

Piles of fresh snow mean big crowds of skiers. Colorado Ski Country USA reported that resort attendance during the first period of the season (Oct. 13-Dec. 31) was up 22 percent over the previous season and beat the five-year average by 6.7 percent.

Reginald Bautista, Examiner.com

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