Late Season Snowstorm Boosts Colorado Ski Resorts, While Increasing Avalanche Risk

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Summitdaily.com reports on late season snow boosting the end of season for Colorado ski resorts:

Several Colorado ski areas enjoyed around a half-foot of snow for the final days of the 2023-24 season thanks to a mid-May storm this past weekend.

Loveland Ski Area and Breckenridge Ski Resort both netted 4 inches of fresh powder between Friday, May 10 and Sunday, May 12 — the final day of the ski season for both. Copper Mountain Resort, which also closed out its winter activities on May 12, saw 6 inches during that time, according to data on OpenSnow.com

According to data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, snowpack levels stood at 117% of normal on May 13th.

Meanwhile, Summitdaily.com is also reporting increased avalanche risk in the story Mid-May snowstorm kicks off multiday avalanche cycle, elevating backcountry danger throughout Colorado:

But the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is warning that the fresh, late-season snow, along with warm spring temperatures this week, will kick off a multiday “shed cycle” of loose wet avalanches.

Avalanche danger was considerable Monday throughout most of the state.

 

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