Sure enough, March is a month of transitions. The old saying “in like a lion, out like a lamb” typically refers to the fact, in most places in the country, March starts with cold, wintry weather and ends with mild pleasant weather. At almost 10,000′ in the Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge is far from normal for weather patterns. However, the saying held true, as we saw 27″ of new snow the first 5 days of the month. With 18″ from the 9th-12th of the month, and then a fresh 6″ the last 48hrs, Breck has now seen 51″ of new snow during the month. We’ll see what Mother Nature has in store for the rest of the month, but the chances of the month going “out like a lamb” are hard to imagine at this point.
While this season’s snowpack in the Colorado River basin (where Breckenridge and the Upper Blue River basin feed into) is still only 78% of average, and slightly worse than even last year’s paltry totals, the timing of our storms has really been a godsend this year. November and December snowfalls were just about non-existent. Just when local tourism and ski industry officials were nervous about the conditions for our Christmas and New Year’s Holiday travelers, we received a nice round of snow just in time. January was a dud, but then as soon as new booking numbers started to tumble in late January and early February, the snow machine kick started and we saw several weeks of good snow in February. March’s 51″ through the first 18 days has been very well received. The ski area’s mid-mountain base depth is now over 60″, and locals have been ecstatic to finally see some of the more advanced terrain like Lake Chutes and Snow White really hold some good snow.
Although last week’s time change, mild spring-like weather and St. Patrick’s Day festivities had many people thinking about skiing in t-shirts and getting some nice tan lines, winter returned to Summit County this past weekend. Six inches of snow accompanied by some gusty winds has made driving a bit dicey on the I-70 corridor. Fortunately the slopes have been softened up and we are happy to offer the best conditions of the season to our March skiers and riders!
Upcoming Spring Fever events the next 10 days include:
- Thursday, March 20 -> Film Premiere of “Chasing Ice,” a film about climate change. Riverwalk Center, $14 admission. doors open at 5:30p, film starts at 7p. Benefits Team Breck.
- Saturday, March 23 -> Five Peaks Mountaineering Race. North America’s highest ski mountaineering race starting at 9600’ and reaching elevations over 13,000′.
– Sunday, March 24 -> Ripperoo’s Mini World Cup. 11a-2p on Swinger run on Peak 8.
- Sunday, March 24 -> Spring Fever Chili Cookoff. 2-4p on Seven’s patio. $10 per person to taste all chili and to vote.
- Wednesday, March 27 -> Breck Ascent Series race #4. 5:30p from the Beaver Run parking lot at base of Peak 9. Uphill racers will ascend Peak 10 to the top of the Falcon chair.