'Bomb Cyclone' Snowfall Lengthens Colorado Ski Season
First it was Tahoe, where a record-breaking February prompted most resorts to extend their seasons deeper into the spring. Now it's March, and it's Colorado's turn.
Propelled by a rapid drop in pressure that produced a weather phenomenon called a “bomb cyclone,” intense storms dropped snow all over the Colorado mountains, sometimes at a rate of 2 inches an hour. High winds, as fast as 90 mph, didn't help matters much, bringing travel in the high country and along the Front Range to a halt.
However, once the fury subsided late in the week, it left a blanket of soft powder throughout the state – especially in the southwest region. As is typical, Wolf Creek led the way with 44 inches in 48 hours. Silverton got 42 inches and Telluride 32.
As a result, a half-dozen Colorado resorts added days to their seasons in order to take advantage of the unusually deep conditions.
- Aspen Highlands will open on weekends in late April, running until Sunday, April 28.
- Hometown hill Hesperus will stay open Friday evenings and weekends through the end of March.
- Powder stash Monarch, which usually closes in March, will keep the lifts running daily until April 7, and then weekends through April 21.
- Purgatory officials don't want to commit beyond keeping weekends open after April 7 daily closing.
- Front Range fav Winter Park's Mary Jane area will keep the ropes down all the way until May 12.
- And, powder-hound haven Wolf Creek will carry its epic snow season all the way to April 21.
And, according to Colorado Ski Country USA, there may be more extensions before all this is over.