Exercising the Powder Day Clause

With twenty-four inches in 24 hours at Eldora Mountain Resort, we sure as hell weren't going into the office.
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Eldora Powder

I wouldn’t say Thursday night’s upslope storm was a surprise. The talking weather heads on the local news seemed more and more agitated as the Front Range’s radar forecast grew meaner by the hour. But I’ve missed most of the few Colorado powder days this season. So when I woke up Friday morning to 10 inches on my porch and a 7:00 AM report of 18 overnight at Eldora, I was tweaking. At 7:30, the snow continued to fall in town. A couple coworkers and I instituted the Powder Day Clause and rerouted the commute to our Boulder office. Eighteen miles later we pulled into an Eldo parking lot still blanketed with knee-deep snow and proceeded to farm turns through Corona Bowl, Salto Glades, and Psychopath under a relentless barrage of meaty Colorado snowflakes. By 11:00, the snow report read 24 in 24. By 1:30, our legs were trashed. Over pints, slices of Hawaiian, and hot wings at Backcountry Pizza, we basked in the powder day afterglow and deemed our snow-starved sanity saved and our email accounts appropriately neglected.


Monarch Powder

Blower Powder in April at Monarch, Colorado

Winter isn't finished with us yet. Just about every state in the West has been getting hammered by this latest storm. We got out to sample the goods at Monarch, Colorado today. With 6 inches reported and much more deposited by the wind it was a great day to be storm riding in Colorado. Make sure you get out this weekend somewhere and get some.

Fourteen inches out of an upslope storm.

October Powder Porn: Loveland

Just because there are only a few resorts open right now doesn't mean there isn't deep snow to be found. Here's what 14 inches looks like right now at Loveland.

Loveland, Colorado

Loveland, Colorado: Ski Powder for $30 Until May 2

It's still snowing in Colorado—Loveland Ski Area is reporting eight inches of new snow in the past 48 hours. And here's the best news: If your mountain is closed for the season, bring your season pass from any other mountain to Loveland and they'll give you a lift ticket for $30. Closing day at Loveland is May 2.

11. Aspen Highlands, CO

Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands is one of the four ski resorts in the Aspen Snowmass group. Aspen Highlands features a diverse 3,635 feet of vertical drop from the top of Highlands Bowl to the bottom of the mountain.