It feels like Christmas has come early to Winter Park! The mountain is enjoying its snowiest week of the season so far. After a weekend storm softened conditions and enabled Ski Patrol to drop the rope on many trails, skiers and riders were able to take advantage of a break in the clouds before Ullr came around again. It’s snowing again today and the current system is projected to yield the largest snow totals of the season so far, with forecasts calling for as much as 20 inches by the end of the weekend.
Snow: The snow is here and has been stacking up since the weekend. Between Saturday, Dec 7 and Monday, Dec 9, the mountain recorded 11 inches of powder, bringing the season total to 86 inches. That’s 133% of the 30-year season-to-date average, meaning conditions are excellent for early December. Open Snow projects the incoming storm to drop at least 20 inches so expect deep turns in the near future.
Ski and Ride: With the abundant snowfall Mary Jane territory came alive this week as Challenger Chair opened on Saturday. On Thursday, Sunnyside Chair also began spinning for the season, providing access to four more trails in Mary Jane. On Friday Vasquez Ridge will to join the party via Pioneer Express! That means you can soon shred a new territory at Winter Park and explore an area known for its exciting terrain and consistent powder pockets. The theme of the week has been terrain additions, and, with more snow incoming, the trend is sure to continue.
Events: This Saturday, December 14, is the first-ever Winter Venture Out Festival at the Village. Beginning at 9 AM, come to the Village for ski and snowboard demos, uphill clinics, ax throwing and the opportunity to meet the Ski Patrol dogs. At 3 PM Bowregard, winners of the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, will take the stage for a show you won’t want to miss. Then, stick around after 5 for our Saturday evening Fireworks & Family Fest. Settle in by the fire at the base with a warm drink and enjoy the light show above the hillside!