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Where have all my powder days gone? February a bust for big snow in Vail and Beaver Creek
As some of our readers have pointed out, The Powder Predictor forecasted bigger snow this February. Historically Vail and Beaver Creek see at least three to four days in February with more than 10 inches of fresh swag. That didn't happen this month.

Where have all my powder days gone? February a bust for big snow in Vail and Beaver Creek

The usual three to four days in February of 10 inches or more didn't accumulate
By Reid Griebling

February 26, 2009 —  Scattered snow showers are in the forecast for most of the Western Slope as another weak disturbance passes through our area today.

Vail reported 2 inches of new snow overnight and Beaver Creek reported one.

Today's active weather doesn't look like it will produce much accumulating snowfall, just strong gusty winds and a drop in temperatures. We could see 1-3 inches fall on both resort mountains with locally higher amounts. We have a better chance of snow Friday Feb. 27 as a stalled low slowly moves east from the Washington, Oregon area.

Look for windy conditions Thursday night into Friday as this storm approaches and stays with us through Friday night. Expect 4-6 inches to fall by Saturday morning with cooler temps (low 20's on mountain) and light northwest winds (5-15 mph).

The weekend forecast has changed from early this week as sunshine should be with us most of Saturday and Sunday (Feb 28-Mar 1).

Spring-like skiing should be expected both Saturday and Sunday as another weak disturbance moves through Sunday night into Monday (March 2). This weak system doesn't look like it will produce much snow but we could get a fresh dusting of snow for Monday's morning report (1-3 inches).

Overall, February was a bust in my book. Normally we see at least three great powder day's (10-16 inches) but alas not this year. At least we have March on the horizon.

Finally, I will try and update this blog Saturday, however, I will be leaving for a boys ski trip to Summit County this weekend. Should be interesting.




Comment on article  2 Comments on "Where have all my powder days gone? February a bust for big snow in Vail and Beaver Creek"


David O — February 27, 2009

OK, while I'll admit there were no truly "epic" days in Feb, there were some pretty damn decent ones, including my last two days out (Tuesday, 8 inches new, and last Thursday, 5 new). Nothing on par with December and January, but you have to remember that for most of America (and the world), a 5-inch powder day at Vail does qualify as epic, so I wouldn't exactly say Feb was a bust (just for us spoiled locals). My real concern is why March has been so lame the last few years. Isn't it one of our snowiest months usually? What's this one supposed to do? C'mon PP, give me some good news, and have a good time in Summit.


Jennifer Rose — February 28, 2009

Well I agree, Reed. Bust in my book. Yeah 8 inches and 5 inches does not = epic day by any means... Especially when that's it!! Oh well - onward and upward! Lets hope for a at least a few great daze in March :) Ski ya later!



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