If you like it deep and soft, this could be the week to ski at Copper Mountain. A prolonged snowstorm is finally clearing the area, but not before dumping just about three feet of snow in the past week, and more than five feet since the start of January.
Thanks to the fresh snow, Copper has about 2.000 acres of terrain open, with 57-inch base at mid-mountain. Get all the details at Copper's daily mountain operations report web page.
Forecasters say the next week or so will be sunny and dry — in other words, perfect mid-winter ski conditions at Copper and around the state, with Colorado ski areas reporting an average of 20 inches of now snow in the past week; 18 resorts have recorded double-digit snow totals, and seven resorts have enjoyed two feet or more of fresh powder.
The highest snowfall totals for this storm were in the north-central areas of the state. Winter Park saw 27 inches, Eldora received 25 inches, Arapahoe Basin and Ski Granby Ranch measured 24 inches each, Loveland amassed 23 inches, and Howelsen Hill counted 14.5 inches.
Farther south and west, the storm system still packed a powdery punch, with 23 inches at Sunlight Mountain Resort, 22 inches at Crested Butte and 20 inches at Ski Cooper.