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Plenty of February powder so far for Colorado's high country

Mountain Snowfall Report
Current Colorado Snowpack
Mountain Snowfall Forecast
Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 20:39:29-05

Although we haven't seen much snowfall this month across the Plains, the mountains have benefited from a steady stream of storms and plenty of fresh snowfall.

Several Colorado ski resorts are now reporting more than 2 feet of fresh powder this month, and more is on the way.

It's a welcoming sight as we're now more than halfway through the ski season, and still lagging behind.

Mountain Snowfall Report
Colorado mountain snowfall report for the past week (since 2/1/21)

In just the past week, Vail has reported nearly 2.5 feet of fresh snow.

Places like Breckenridge, Aspen Snowmass, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain all picked up between 20-25 inches of new snow this past week.

Crested Butte, Keystone, Winter Park and Monarch are all reporting around 1.5 feet of fresh snow.

Current Colorado Snowpack
Current Colorado Snowpack as of February 5, 2021

The latest snowpack report from SNOTEL doesn't account for last weekend's mountain snow, but does show improvement from last month.

Statewide, the snowpack is currently 19% below normal for early February, sitting at 81%.

Most regions mirror this trend, with a snow water equivalent that's below average.

Home to Wolf Creek Ski Area, the Upper Rio Grande Basin is the only region that's above average. Currently, Wolf Creek is reporting a base depth of 88-95", nearly double that of Breckenridge, which has a base of 46".

Being a La Nina year, we kind of expected a slow start to the season, but are we finally turning the corner?

Mountain Snowfall Forecast
Colorado mountain snow forecast - 2/8 to 2/12/21

It's good news in our forecast as snow is expected to develop over the mountains starting early Tuesday morning, and several rounds could follow through the end of the week.

Through Friday morning, many resorts in the central and northern mountains could pick up another 10" to 20" of fresh snow.

Beyond that, more snowy weather is likely through the end of the month as the outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is calling for above normal snowfall.