EMSC wrote:I still argue for at least the front range ski areas to have the Oct snows count.
Last year I counted a major late October/early November Front Range storm from its beginning; this year I'm not counting any October snow due to the ensuing 2+ week dry spell having a greater impact on both base depths and open terrain.
I have data of percent open at Thanksgiving since 1988 for many of these areas.
Area percents open: median, last year, this year
A-Basin: 14%, 25%, 14%
Breck: 17%, 46%, 16%
Copper: 19%, 31%, 12%
Keystone: 25%, 33%, 10%
Loveland: 15%, 14%, 8%
Steamboat: 11%, 4%, 2%
Vail: 24%, 41%, 10%
Winter Park: 28%, 25%, 18%
Thanksgiving base depth averages are 21-25 inches. This year's average is 22 inches vs. 32 inches last year. Also consider that Thanksgiving was its latest possible date this year and earliest possible date last year. Last year was a very strong start, around 75th percentile. This year is somewhat below average so far, which is exactly what one would expect based upon only November's snow.
Last week's storm was strongest in NE Colorado. Eldora probably got more snow than any of the I-70 areas.