Weekend snow report: Do the Summit County snow dance

Silverton powderIf I had a Five Mountain Pass, I might have tried to sell it in frustration to a me-lookalike on Craigslist last week. Does anyone remember the last powder day in Summit County?

To boot: A Basin is reporting 300 of 900 acres open today. It’s time to do the snow dance.

I don’t like to dance, and I’m not superstitious. So I called Joel Gratz for some scientific snow hope. Gratz’s last post on his Colorado Powder Forecast called for weekend snow for I-70 corridor resorts. This afternoon, he’s sticking to his guns: Gratz thinks Summit County resorts will see three to six inches of snow over the weekend, mostly Saturday night.

Dance harder, people!

However, Colorado Passholders take note: “If their experience is made my snow rather than the mountain itself, I would head over to Vail,” Gratz said. The forecast for Steamboat, Vail and Beaver Creek looking best for Sunday skiing, Gratz said.

When I talked to Gratz, he was stuck in Silverton; the roads into town were closed amid the hammering the San Juans are enjoying. But he suggests getting there ASAP; he thinks the powder they’re getting now — 25 inches last night, 50 inches predicted by storm’s end — will stick around for 10 days or so. “Silverton’s a unique mountain,” he said. “It won’t get chewed up in an hour.”

Sweet.

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