Colorado ski areas could see multiple feet of snow from next week’s spring storms

If you’re a skier or snowboarder, you might want to ask for some time off next week if you have some vacation days to burn. A series of spring storms will bring remarkable amounts of snow to most Colorado ski areas, according to OpenSnow meteorologist Joel Gratz.

“Friday and Saturday will be warm and dry,” Gratz wrote in his latest update Friday morning. “Then we will track three storms during the following seven days. The first storm will bring snow Sunday through Monday, the second storm will bring snow Tuesday through Wednesday, and the third storm will bring snow Friday through Saturday. Each storm will deliver the best powder to a different area of Colorado.”

Two Front Range areas that got bombed last weekend are more salvos. Gratz is forecasting 19 inches at Echo Mountain on Sunday through Tuesday, with another 18 to follow the next five days. He sees 18 for Eldora on Sunday through Tuesday, 15 the next five days.

Winter Park and Loveland will see similar numbers. Winter Park is due for 17 inches Sunday through Tuesday, 16 more the next five days. Loveland can expect 18 Monday through Tuesday and 13 the following five days.

Other areas that can expect a foot or more from the first storm include Keystone, Snowmass, Sunlight, Vail, Cooper, Aspen Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Crested Butte.

The second storm system follows on the heels of the first, moving in Tuesday night through Wednesday, with the third coming Thursday night through Saturday. Over that period, Gratz sees 20 inches for Telluride, 19 for Wolf Creek, 15 for Steamboat and Crested Butte. Other areas that should get a foot or more over that period include Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Aspen Snowmass, Vail, Cooper, Beaver Creek and Arapahoe Basin.

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