Where to Ski This Weekend in Colorado
As snow falls across the East Coast as far south as Tallahassee, Fla., Coloradans can look forward to another weekend snowstorm in the mountains.
OpenSnow forecaster Joel Gratz predicted many Colorado mountains to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow, with the best powder Sunday and “soft leftovers” Monday.
Unlike the Christmas storm, this weekend’s snow is expected to fall in both the northern and southern mountains. Everywhere from Steamboat and Aspen to Wolf Creek and Telluride could see as much as 8 inches.
With most of the holiday crowds expect to leave before the weekend, there should be plenty of fluffy snow to go around across the state.
For those headed to the backcountry, avalanche danger has dropped dramatically since last week. Most of the northern mountains are expected to have low to moderate avalanche danger, but thick, stiff slabs of wind-affected snow can still break and trigger avalanches large enough to bury a person.
Since Dec. 20, 155 avalanches have been reported in the state by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, 135 of which slid between Dec. 20 and Dec. 27.
For more on this weekend’s snow forecast, go to OpenSnow's Colorado forecast page.
Crested Butte Military Month
Crested Butte will kick off the New Year by honoring military service personnel with lift, lodging and gear deals for the first month of 2018.
Through Feb. 8, current and retired military lift tickets are $42 and half-day adult lessons are $45 with a 30 percent discount at Crested Butte Mountain Resort Rental and Demo Center Rentals. Those looking to spend the weekend in the southern Elk Mountains can stay at the Grand Lodge for as little as $119 a night.
Through the mountain’s Adaptive Sports Center, disabled military personnel can pay $35 during the 2017-2018 season for a full-day lesson with experienced instructors and guides.
The special rate is also available to service members who have a family member or child with a disability.
Check out all of Crested Butte Military Month deals.
More 2018 military deals across the state can be found at Colorado Ski Country.
Winter Park Express
All aboard the Winter Park Express.
If you’re headed to Winter Park, which received the most snow of any Colorado mountain Sunday, avoid Interstate 70 traffic by taking Amtrak’s Winter Park Express train.
Train service between Denver Union Station and Winter Park Resort starts up again Friday.
Tickets for adults are as low as $29. Trains depart Denver at 7 a.m., arrive at the resort at 9 a.m., leave Winter Park at 4:30 p.m. and return to Union Station at 6:40 p.m. Service runs every Saturday and Sunday through March 25 plus Friday, Feb. 2 and Friday, March 2.
Tickets and additional information can be found at Amtrak's website.