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SnoCountry SnoShots: West Powderhounds Rejoice

SnoShots-Brundage How many powder turns can you make in a season? Not quite enough. (Brundage/Facebook)

Record-setting snowfall in February blanketed the West, gave powderhounds all that they could ask for in a ski and snowboard season, and kept resort owners smiling from ear to ear.

Snow plows and front loaders worked overnight in the last month to keep roads and parking lots open. A recent spate of avalanches along the I-70 corridor in Colorado high country closed the interstate for a time, and nearby Arapahoe Basin had to shut down the lifts for a couple of days because of avalanche potential.

Now, as we settle into the last part of the season, there will be plenty underfoot as the snow softens, the sun gets higher, and skiers and riders begin to shed their winter coats.

Forecasters still say more snow in March, the snowiest month of the season in Rockies and elsewhere.

'How to do get down this pitch?' So much snow opened up new lines at Jackson. (Jackson Hole/Facebook)

Plenty of lines to choose from in the trees of Park City. (Park City Mountain/Facebook)

At various times, the Northwest got pounded -- like the old days. (Summit at Snoqualmie/Facebook)

New powder on the ground, trees heavy with snow and a bluebird ski above. (Big Bear/Facebook)

It's been a winter to remember at resorts in the Rockies, like Steamboat. (Steamboat/Facebook)

An epic snow year in the southern Rockies, especially for skiers and riders who hit up Arizona Snowbowl. (Arizona Snowbowl/Facebook)

Crews at Tahoe resorts often had dig out the loading and unloading zones of chairlifts. (Homewood/Facebook)








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