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The latest snowstorms to pound Colorado dropped more than 3 feet of snow in some mountainous areas.
The early season snow has been a boon for the state’s ski areas as well as snowpack, with Colorado’s basins all reporting more than the normal snowpack for this time of the year.
However, the state has seen more than 300 avalanches already as abundant December snowpack precariously rests on a slippery base of October snow.
An avalanche has already claimed the life of a Fort Collins woman this season, and another person nearly died in an avalanche Sunday while snowboarding at Steamboat Resort.
Here’s a look at the state’s snow totals, snowpack and avalanche danger.
Colorado snow totals
Here are snow totals Thursday through Sunday at various locations, according to the National Weather Service and ski areas:
National Weather Service
Rabbit Ears Pass: 43.4 inches
Berthoud Pass: 39.8 inches
Mount Zirkel Wilderness: 30.8 inches
Cameron Pass: 26.6 inches
Pingree Park: 12.6 inches
Gould: 11.4 inches
Longs Peak: 11.2 inches
Walden: 6.8 inches
Estes Park: 4.5-5.6 inches
Red Feather Lakes: 5.6 inches
Fort Collins: 2.5-3.8 inches
Laporte: 3.5 inches
Greeley: 1 inch
Windsor: 1 inch
Breckenridge: 42 inches
Loveland: 39 inches
Keystone: 28 inches
Winter Park: 28 inches
Copper Mountain: 25 inches
The latest storm brought the equivalent of 1 to nearly 3 inches of water to further boost the state’s early snowpack.
Here is a look at snowpack by basin (figures are the percent of normal for this time of year):
South Platte: 146%
Laramie/North Platte: 132%
Upper Colorado: 133%
San Miguel/Dolores/Animas/San Juan: 126%
Upper Rio Grande: 116%
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche rating of considerable, or 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the greatest risk, for basically the entire state.
CAIC has had 314 reported avalanches this snow season, including 206 in December and 55 during the latest series of storms Thursday through Sunday.
On Sunday, a 21-year-old was fully buried in an avalanche while snowboarding in a closed area at Steamboat Resort, according to various reports. He was conscious and breathing when rescuers dug him out after being buried for 9 minutes.
According to 9News, Loryn Duke, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation’s spokesperson, said the area was not considered suitable for public skiing or snowboarding, but the snowboarder accessed the closed terrain through an area that was open and not roped off.
The resort has received more than 2 feet of snow in the last several days.
A Utah snowboarder died in an avalanche near Park City Sunday, marking the country’s second avalanche fatality, according to CAIC.
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