Historically Slow Start

22 January
Categories : Mountain Ops
Posted by Scott Pressly

Well, we finally hit 100″ of YTD snowfall for the 2020-21 winter season today. It took us 137 days to get there with the one-hundred inch seasonal total including the early fall storm that happened way back on September 8th. Looking back on the last ten winter seasons, here are the dates when we reached 100″ of YTD snowfall.

2020-21 / Jan 22

2019-20 / Dec 9

2018-19 / Jan 13

2017-18 / Jan 22

2016-17 / Dec 17

2015-16 / Dec 23

2014-15 / Dec 22

2013-14 / Dec 23

2012-13 / Dec 29

2011-12 / Jan 22

The most concerning stat here is that we have had three seasons where we reached 100″ of YTD snowfall on our latest benchmark of Jan 22 during this ten year span. The other two previous seasons when this occurred finished with an overall low snowfall total for the entire winter season.

2011-12 was a very dry season where we only reached 193″ for the season. The summer afterwards included the High Park Fire and the Waldo Canyon Fire, which were both very destructive events that took out over 600 homes. The other season where we hit 100″ on Jan 22 was in 2017-18. During that ski season we only reached 214″ for the entire winter. That summer brought the Spring Creek Fire and the 416 Fire to Colorado. The Spring Creek Fire was the third largest Colorado wildfire at the time and the 416 Fire closed down Purgatory Ski Area for the summer.

Here’s to hoping that the rest of winter and spring deliver the goods!

Pow Cam-Jan 22
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