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Ski Report: Good Powder weekend, with high Avalanche danger in the backcountry

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jan 18, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-18 20:49:00-05

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After a dry December, January sure has delivered for our high terrain! More than 4 feet of snow has fallen at some of our resorts in the last week...with almost all reporting more than 3 feet. Winter Park leads that tally - with 4 feet, 8 inches of snow in the past week!

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Snow totals at some of Colorado's ski resorts in the last 7 days

This has been great for base depths, which are generally in the 50-60"+ range now.

Much improved base depths following the storm train of the last couple weeks

However, it's also leading to high avalanche danger - which will continue through the weekend. News5 spoke with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center yesterday - they advise sticking to commercial resorts this weekend, which have dedicated safety teams that work to mitigate avalanche concerns.

High temperatures should be in the 20s to 30s at bases this weekend, with a weak snow system arriving Sunday - 3-8" of snow are possible, but the snow should generally be on the light to moderate side making for a good powder day.

20s and 30s for highs this weekend at ski resorts with snow on Sunday

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