I am in Colorado skiing, a trip booked back months ago – knowing the snow would be a sure thing, unlike New England conditions, right?! Guess again, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado have been well - rocky, with a lack of snow until the first snow in a month moved in to the South West same day we did. Coincidence? I think not. As an East Coast skier, you learn to ski anything, do your snow dance and be ever optimistic. Coloradoans are more meteorologically spoiled most winters, they pout when they don’t get their pow.
Our arrival day (leaving Manchester NH at 7am), we skied eight great afternoon runs at Arapahoe Basin, snow was skinny but soft, and snow clouds loomed. Next, Greg and I skied Monarch Mountain (never heard of it? full story later) and the snow began to accumulate. The locals at this fun mountain thanked us for our good snow karma.
Crested Butte received a foot of fresh snow when we arrived - bringing many powder thirsty locals out for first chair. We were the new kids in the lift line, outed as Easterners with our skinnier skis, but we were praised for bringing the heavy foot plus of snow. We skied up to knee deep on trails and glades, trying to match laps up with the Butte’rs who live at 10,000’.
Next on our Colorado ski odyssey: Telluride received two feet of snow this week (see a pattern?). Today we skied between Telluride’s beautiful western sunshine and sparkling snow, as amazing terrain opened up for the first time all season. You’re welcome Telluriders. On our ski safari still is Purgatory at Durango - they got 37”, Silverton Cat Skiing and Wolf Creek each received 40” from this last storm.
I can’t actually take credit for this Colorado snow, but I am taking pleasure in it. You should consider booking your trip now, since ski and stay deals dropped when snow was down, and the snow situation is looking up!
Telluride and Crested Butte Photos by Greg Burke
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.