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The Snow Blog: Fresh flakes to follow warm week in Colorado mountains

March 7, 2018 Updated: March 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm
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The Second Annual Breck Pride festival kicks off Wednesday and runs through Sunday. The event will feature après parties, live music, ski and board lessons, and discounts on llodging, dining and shopping. Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office.

Where to Ski This Weekend

After a fast-moving storm swept through the region last weekend, dropping 1 to 7 inches on mountains across the state, the Colorado high country is gearing up for more snow to fall this Friday through Sunday.

OpenSnow forecaster Joel Gratz’s optimistic prediction is for 5 to 6 inches in the northern and central mountains Saturday, though his more conservative estimate calls for only a few inches.

Another storm system is expected to move through the southern mountains Sunday and Monday, favoring Wolf Creek,

Fat flakes falling during last Sunday's storm on Buffalo Pass near Steamboat Springs. Photo by Liz Forster. 

Telluride, Purgatory and other areas in the San Juans.

Right now, I’d target Saturday or Sunday morning to find softer snow in the northern and central mountains,” Gratz wrote, “and keep your eye on Monday or Tuesday in the southern mountains.”

The warm weather may create a layer of crust that would sit underneath the new snow. So not exactly creamy powder skiing, but I’ll take any fresh flakes over icy hardpack any day.

For Gratz’s full forecast, head to OpenSnow's Colorado report.

Breck Pride

Wring out your rainbow flags and get ready to party this weekend at Breckenridge’s Second Annual Breck Pride.

The event, which runs Wednesday through Sunday, features a Color Run, beer festival, live music and parties, ski and board lessons, discounts on lodging, shopping and dining, and more.

Breckenridge’s festival is one of many pride festivals in ski towns during the winter. Aspen Gay Ski Week is Colorado’s oldest LGBTQ festival, starting in the late ‘70s, and attracts more than 5,000 people from across the world. Telluride Gay Ski Week, held at the end of February, is much smaller, drawing in about 500 people.

For the full schedule of events, go to the Breck Pride website.

Photo of the Week

Have a great photo from out on the slopes? Send it to us for the chance to be featured as photo of the week. Here’s this week’s pick from Vail native Erikson Hirn.

Vail native Trexler Hirn takes a break to soak in the view from a slope on Vail Pass. Photo courtesy of Erikson Hirn. 

Forecast

The dry weather is forecast to return next week, though hopefully not for long.

Gratz’s models show multiple chances of snow between Friday, March 16 through at least Tuesday, March 20.

If there’s powder skiing on St. Patty’s Day, you know it’ll be a good time in Colorado’s high country.

Editor’s note: In the print version of last week’s Snow Blog, the ski resort listed as having $30 lift tickets on Thursdays, $25 tickets between April 2 and 8 and $15 lift tickets on March 9 was misidentified as Copper rather than Cooper.

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