Breckenridge, CO, Among Few Places in US to Get Snow in August

Anton Lengyel | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Breckenridge gets a dusting of snow after a storm. (Credit: Breckenridge Instagram).

A slight dusting of snow fell at the top of 12,579’ Peak 6 at Breckenridge, CO, on August 12th, 2023. Breckenridge’s Instagram reported that “[the] evening’s storm brought…a little dust on crust (and by crust we mean rock)!” The storm also created a beautiful rainbow over the town.

Breckenridge plans to open on November 10th this year, meaning skiers are about 80 days away from the start of the next season—that’s just 11 Fridays. The resort opened two days early last season due to some early-season snow. However, we’ll have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store this winter. Vail also recently announced opening dates for its other major resorts nationwide. Breckenridge’s neighbor Keystone plans to open in mid-October if conditions permit; meanwhile, Vail’s main California resorts expect to open before Thanksgiving. Vail Resorts expects all of its Western resorts to open by December 1st.

Idaho’s Pomerelle Resort sees its first snowfall of 23/24. (Credit: Pomerelle Facebook).

Breckenridge isn’t alone with August snow in North America. In California, the High Sierras received some rare August snow from Tropical Storm Hillary. Counterintuitive to its tropical origins, the storm dropped around 1-8” of snow along the crest, with the summits getting up to 12”. Meanwhile, in Idaho, Pomerelle Mountain Resort recorded its first snowfall of the season. The resort’s Facebook reported a light dusting of snow at 1:30 AM Monday, making it one of the first resorts to see snowfall this season. It’s only a few months before winter is in full swing again, and we’ll hopefully get back on the slopes soon!

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The Sierras saw anywhere from 1-8” of snow, with the summits getting up to 1’ in places. (Credit: NOAA).

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