* Report from 3/9 and 3/10.
Telluride, Colorado has been having an exceptional season. Since ramping up in January, the snowfall has taken little time to slow down, as evidenced by historical avalanche conditions throughout the state.
A monumental run of storms dropped 52″ in the first 10-days of March. To put that into perspective, that’s about 1/6th of the average annual snowfall Telluride receives in little over a week.
A winter weather advisory was in effect to close out last week, however not the increased winter storm warning most of the rest of the state was under. The forecast suggested 3-6″ Friday and mostly cloudy skies Saturday. We placed our bet on the forecast being wrong.
A heavy cell moved through, dropping 9″ overnight Friday (12″ in 24hrs.) to cap off the cycle, before quickly moving out Saturday morning.
Cold air lingered as the clouds continued to break which kept snow cold throughout the morning, without compromising visibility. Richter conditions were in full affect!
Lifts 1 through 10 opened promptly. The snow that came along with the cold front on the last wave of the cycle was as good as it gets.
Following extended avalanche mitigation, Gold Hill and Prospect opened around 10:30. Ski Patrol dropped the rope for the hike to Genevieve around noon. It was a mad-dash for first tracks but was well worth the chaos! People remained polite and didn’t run each other over, considering everyone was fired up!
Revelation remained closed as wind-drift buried the chairs at the bottom. The untracked bowl looked unreal!
Sunday continued to shine with additional openings. Revelation opened first thing, but the north half was fully baked. Snow under the cornice and towards the south was spared.
Black Iron Bowl opened and we weren’t far behind. It was empty and it was all-time. There wasn’t a single snow flake out of place.