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A major winter storm moved through Colorado this weekend, dumping significant totals across the state and bringing skiable conditions all over.

First, let’s take a look at modeled storm totals from the NOHRSC. Keep in mind that this data is a combination of observations and model data, so the values are not 100% accurate:

The models predicted this storm with impressive accuracy, in terms of both the quantity and spatial distribution of the snowfall. Our forecast on Friday described a bullseye in the West Elk Range near Aspen with a band of large totals extending to the northeast through the I-70 corridor and into the Front Range. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. 

In terms of actual exact totals at resorts, here’s what we saw when it was all said and done. As expected, central Colorado wound up with the biggest winners from this system:

  • Snowmass: 28”
  • Aspen Highlands: 25”
  • Crested Butte: 20”
  • Vail: 20”
  • Beaver Creek: 17”
  • Breckenridge: 15”
  • Copper: 15”
  • Keystone: 12”
  • Arapahoe Basin: 11

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Arapahoe Basin opened on Sunday. October powder day, now that’s opening day done right! Keystone will be joining A-Basin by opening tomorrow (Wednesday, November 1).

Let’s take a look at some photos from around the state. More photos should roll in over the next few days as more and more dedicated shredders get out in the mountains:

Credit: Doug Evans - dougtheskier Instagram

Credit: Arapahoe Basin

Credit: Arapahoe Basin
Credit: Aspen Snowmass
Credit: Breckenridge
Looking ahead, the Intermountain West (including Colorado) looks high and dry for this week into next. A warm storm will affect the Pacific Northwest and Montana & Wyoming starting Thursday morning. A second warm storm for the PNW is expected to move in around Saturday morning, also unlikely to bring much accumulation to Colorado. Beyond that, details remain fuzzy, but things do not look great for snowfall in Colorado and Utah through the first two weeks of November. Of course, there's still a ton of time for the forecast to change and there could certainly bring snow-bearing systems, but as of right now, conditions do not look particularly favorable for the region with strong blocking steering the storm track further north into the PNW, Montana, and Wyoming. 

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