Where to Ski This Weekend

Colorado looks to be leaving its winterlong snow drought in the rear-view mirror.

A healthy storm rolled through Colorado on Monday and Tuesday, and storms are stacking up over the state through the end of the weekend. Snow is expected to arrive in three waves: Wednesday night into Thursday, Friday afternoon into Friday night and all day Sunday, wrote OpenSnow forecaster Joel Gratz.

The first storm was concentrated over the southern mountains, especially Wolf Creek, which received 20 inches (not a typo) overnight Wednesday. Trailing Wolf Creek were Silverton with 5 inches, Purgatory with 3 and Telluride with 2. Most other mountains across the state saw at most an inch.

Gratz expects 4 to 8 inches in the southern mountains and 3 to 6 inches everywhere else from Friday’s storm, and another 3 to 6 inches with Sunday’s storm. By the end of the day Sunday, most Colorado mountains should have double-digit totals from the week’s storms.

For the best powder and fewest crowds leftover from the Presidents Day migration West, head to Wolf Creek, Monarch Pass and other areas in the Sawatch and San Juan mountain ranges.

Check out Gratz’s forecast for more details on the upcoming storms.

Ikon Pass Going Green

More and more members of the outdoor recreation industry take on advocacy roles for public lands protection and climate change, among other issues, and Colorado's newest ski resort giant, Alterra Mountain Co., is wasting no time taking its own political stance.

Last week, Alterra announced a partnership with Protect Our Winters, a nonprofit that engages the outdoor sports community to lead the fight on climate change. As a Summit Level Partner, Alterra has pledged to give $25,000 to POW to establish the Ikon Pass Fund, which will be used toward "thoughtful, collaborative initiatives based in education and action."

"It's a natural partnership between the Ikon Pass and Protect Our Winters, and we are proud to collaborate on tackling climate change together, an issue that has a profound impact on our industry and community," said Erik Forsell, chief marketing officer for Alterra Mountain Co.

Other Summit Level Partners include Patagonia and Burton.

Additionally, Ikon Pass holders will receive a complimentary one-year membership to POW, 20 percent off POW merchandise and subscriptions to POW's monthly and bi-weekly newsletter.

Alterra's announcement came the day before The New York Times published an opinion piece by POW founder and professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones about job and revenue loss at ski resorts during low snow years, which are projected to increase in frequency in the face of climate change.

Deal Finder

Didn’t buy a ski pass this year? Looking to find a deal on a ski pass for next year?

Buy your wings and fly with the Monarch Wings Pass.

Now through April 8, Monarch Mountain is offering a $499 pass that guarantees unlimited skiing for the rest of this season and all of next season.

For more information, head to http://www.skimonarch.com/wings/.

Photo of the Week

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

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Kaitlyn Dimarco finding Colorado's signature champagne powder on New York Mountain outside of Eagle Colorado. Photo courtesy of Griffin Mansi.

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Liz Forster is a general assignment reporter with a focus on environment and public safety. She is a Colorado College graduate, avid hiker and skier, and sweet potato enthusiast. Liz joined The Gazette in June 2017.

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