With more than a foot of snow falling at Breckenridge last weekend and Vail and Beaver Creek picking up 6-12 inches, closing weekend went out with a bang. The picture above is of a sit skier at Vail’s World Pond Skimming Championships. He obviously knew how to celebrate, and I think that’s the first sit skier I’ve seen at Vail’s end-of-year pond skimming celebration in my nine years of participation.
While Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, A-Basin, and Northstar are closed, Heavenly and Breckenridge will continue to spin the lifts for each of the next two weekends. Good snow fell at both of these areas in the last week, and Breckenridge is still receiving some snow on Thursday (April 19th), which is a welcome addition to a thinning late-spring base.
Looking ahead, a large ridge of high pressure will keep the skies over California and Colorado mostly dry and warm for the next week to ten days. If you’re heading up for some late-season turns, bring the sun screen, pack a few light layers, and enjoy the soft snow and the always-great-tasting après ski beers!
It’s been a trying season weatherwise, but that just means that next season will be better. And by better, I mean more powder and more exciting weather commentary. Until then…enjoy the summer!
5-day snow forecast for Friday (04/20) through Tuesday (04/24):
Beaver Creek: Closed
Breckenridge: 0 inches
Northstar: 0 inches
Meteorologist Joel Gratz is the creator of opensnow.com and is based in Boulder, Colo.