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Ski Report: big snow and tough travel for Christmas weekend

Madison Miller Beaver Creek
Posted at 11:44 AM, Dec 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-24 09:22:49-05

A high-impact winter storm is moving into Colorado today, providing 1 to 3 feet of snow for some mountain zones.

Those under a WINTER STORM WARNING will see snow totals from 1 to 3 feet with the heaviest snow overnight Thursday and throughout the day Friday.

Those who are under a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will see accumulations from 5-12 inches.

Follow the National Weather Service alerts for specific timing of warnings/advisories.

winter alerts 12.23.2021
Winter Alerts from Dec 23 through Dec 25, 2021

Travel over mountain passes will become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, Thursday night through Friday. Best travel times are early Thursday or over the weekend. The easiest travel will be closer to the front range where the storm begins to dry out, like Eldora, Loveland, Echo Mountain. Be aware, strong winds may lead to ski lift safety closures on Friday and Sunday.

Snow accumulations from Dec 23-26, 2021

If you are chasing fresh powder this weekend, be aware that avalanche danger will be increasing as snow stacks up. An AVALANCHE WATCH is in effect for all-mountain zones, except for the Sangre De Cristos.

As it is a holiday weekend, plan for the usual high volume ski traffic in addition to snow-packed roads and blowing snow. Travel while winter storm warnings are in effect is not advised. Plan extra time for travel or even an extra night's stay if travel conditions are hazardous.

Use CDOT resources, like, to check for chain/traction laws and road closures.

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