Well it’s May 1st but you might not know that when looking out the window today? We awoke to 5″ of new snow and temps in the upper 20s. Snowfall since late February has really been good here in Breck. The ski resort recorded 90″ for March, and another 48″ in the 17 days it was open during April. In late April most of us were still excited to ski, but as May is now here and many of the staff have already taken a short vacation to a warmer climate, we aren’t as excited about the snow. Sure we live in a usually arid, high mountain area, but the fact remains that almost every June up here the weather pattern quiets down and the fire danger increases quickly. So the moisture is welcome, but perhaps not of the frozen variety.
For those of you who just can’t ski enough days in the season, great spring skiing can still be found at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area. Most of us are looking forward to shorts and flip flops. Last weekend we finally enjoyed a mild sunny stretch in the upper 50s and a lot of snow melted around town. Although Memorial Day is usually the kick off to the summer travel season, in Breck we sometimes can get snow during the first week in June, so the middle to latter part of June is usually when tourists start to frequent Breckenridge. The official kick off to summer will take place the weekend of June 14-16, including several great events such as the opening of summer gondola service & the Peak 8 Fun Park (Jun 14), the Town Party (Jun 14) and the infamous Outhouse Races (Jun 16).