Berthoud Pass, CO Backcountry Report: May Powder Day!

Curtis Weller | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
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Berthoud Pass, CO on Mother’s Day 2019. Credit: Author

On Mother’s Day, I hit the old ski area on Berthoud Pass, CO. It was a warm day with blue bird skies, light clouds, coverage was excellent, and the snow from the first week of May was just slushing up. The skiing was good, and a lot of people were out enjoying some late spring turns.

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Today I was back at the old Berthoud Pass ski area. This past week has been warm, so it wasn’t a surprise to see that the melt has started and coverage has thinned.

The same view as Mother’s day, for comparison. Credit: Author

The storm that dropped feet of snow in the Sierras just a few days ago has finally made it to Colorado. Today was cool to cold, windy, cloudy, and it was snowing.

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The old snow appears to have gone isothermal and formed a nice firm and thoroughly carvable base. On top of which sat 4″ of late season powder.

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Holy crap was it fun carving long radius turns through 4″ of fresh snow! Without a doubt, some of the most enjoyable turns I’ve made all season!

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The latest forecasts are calling for upwards of 2 feet of snow across the Colorado high country through Wednesday! 

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Conditions in the high country don’t get better than this. Get some turns in before it is gone!


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