New Year Brings Steady Snow to Colorado

Know what sucks? Getting hurt in the backcountry and only having whiskey in your medical stores. This kit weighs less than two pounds and has enough gear to help you stop bleeding, splint broken bones, and self-medicate. Throw it in the bottom of your pack and don’t even think about it until your buddy’s femur is sticking out of his ski pants. [$60;]  —Heather hansman

The New Year may have broken La Nina's curse and jump-started winter in Colorado. Since Jan. 1, snow has fallen almost daily at ski resorts around the state.
Aspen, CO, Jan. 10--They say better late than never, and nothing could be truer in the mountains of Colorado. Since New Year's, the snow has been falling steadily, with most resorts getting between 1-and-10 inches daily.

Last night, the latest storm dumped seven inches on Arapahoe Basin, eight inches on Winter Park, and a whopping 15 inches on Steamboat. Another winter storm is expected to move into the state today and tonight, bringing as much as a foot of new powder.

Big snow is of course big news, but perhaps the bigger news is the steady stream of flurries that the mountains have seen over the last 10 days. The New Year came in like a lion dropping up to a foot of powder that weekend in the mountains.

At A-Basin, last night's dump came on top of more than a foot that had fallen since last Thursday. Aspen Ski Resort has gotten almost two feet of snow since Thursday, with another 8-12 inches in the forecast.

"All of these little storms add up and make for great conditions everyday," said Rose Abello, Aspen's director of communications. "We're on our way to being well above-average for snowfall in the month of January."

This more typical mountain weather may mean that winter is here at last in Colorado's ski country. The forecast calls for more snow Tuesday and flurries off-and-on through the week.

"Yesterday morning, at the gondola plaza, there was great enthusiasm and excitement about skiing," said Abello. "You could feel the energy in the air. It's contagious."

Check out the Colorado snow report.