Where to Ski This Weekend

Some call it the ‘March Miracle’. Others simply embrace it with a sigh of relief.

This week, a storm is expected to dump over 3 feet of snow at Mammoth, June and other areas of California, said OpenSnow forecaster Joel Gratz. It’s great news for ski resorts in the Golden State that are facing a dry, warm winter and those that could be in the line of fire this summer.

It’s also good news for Colorado mountains.

Though the Western Slope won’t be able to boast 40+ inches like Mammoth, Colorado mountains are likely to receive a chunk of California’s storm starting Thursday afternoon. Gratz expects the storm should drop 3 to 6 inches both between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and Saturday night and Sunday.

Best chances for powder across the state should be Friday and Sunday, with the highest totals Friday in the Aspen area. Sunday's snow totals are relatively uniform across the state and also may roll over into Monday.

“It’s possible that, if Sunday’s batch of snow moves a bit more slowly, we could see powder for first chair on Monday morning as well, so keep that on your radar,” Gratz said.

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

Photo of the Week

Speaking of California, this week's photo of the week is straight out of the Tahoe backcountry.

Have a great photo from out on the slopes? Send it to liz.forster@gazette.com for the chance to be featured as photo of the week. 

Head uphill

Crested Butte’s extensive ski history has an unorthodox icon: a 19th century U.S. Postal Service delivery man.

In the late 1880s, Al Johnson spent most of his days climbing over mountain passes between Crystal and Crested Butte on 11-foot-long skis and in leather boots to deliver the mail. 

Saturday, the iconic ski resort will pay tribute to the free-heeling legend with the 44th Annual Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Race, where skiers in wacky costumes climb 660 vertical feet, then descend 1200 feet down

double-black diamond steeps.

The race pales in comparison to Johnson’s routine, but at least the whimsical event ends with prizes and a Crested Butte-style after party.

Proceeds from the event, as well as money raised by teams, will benefit the Crested Butte Avalanche Center.

Siri on the Slopes

Want real-time grooming recommendations? Lift line wait times? Après deals?

Just ask Emma.

Emma is Vail Resorts own interactive “Epic Mountain Assistant”-- the ski community’s own Siri--which will answer mountain guest questions via text message. It’s the first of its kind at a ski resort and is sure to change the way visitors interact with the mountain, its amenities and Vail Resorts staff.

Emma will be available at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Whistler Blackcomb starting on opening day of the 2018-2019 season, though prototypes will launch to a select few in March, a press release from Vail Resorts said.

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