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SILVERTON MOUNTAIN GET'S POUNDED WITH 48" OF NEW SNOW IN LAST 18 HOURS
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Saturday, 1 December 2007
Silverton, Colo., - As forecasted this latest storm dropped more than its share at the Silverton Mountain Ski Area. In the last 18 hours the ski area received 28” of new snow in the parking lot and 36”- 48” inches of new snow at mid mountain. This is the 2nd largest 24hr snow total in the history of Silverton Mountain! The only larger storm to hit Silverton Mountain was during the record setting winter of 2005, which dropped 117” in one long storm cycle.
This storm has been a welcome surprise since it was raining hard in the Town of Silverton overnight. Silverton Town only received 4 inches of rain soaked snow overnight, but up at the 10,400 foot base area of Silverton Mountain, it piled up to 28” of new snow. It continues to snow heavily today both in Town and at the Ski Area.
The current mid mountain base is now 60” deep, with 30” of base in the parking lot. County Road Crew snow plows had a tough time navigating the road to the ski area with several vehicles getting stuck at 5am this morning. Due to the massive depth of new snow, the rope lines used to delineate open and closed ski runs have been buried. Even though the ski patrol arrived at Silverton Mountain at 5:45am this morning, the ski area had to stay closed today due to the massive amounts of snow (the planned opening date for this season was today 12/1/07).
Silverton Mountain will instead try to open for the first day of the season Dec 2, 2007 if the weather cooperates. It will take a considerable amount of time to dig out the rope lines which are currently buried under 4 feet of snow, but the skiing should be fantastic.
Silverton Mountain is only open Saturday’s and Sunday’s for the first three weeks of December. The Ski Area has plenty of snow and will be 100% open with 1,819 acres of skiing once the storm settles down and ski patrol finishes avalanche control work. Be sure to check ahead that the mountain is open before heading up to ski tomorrow Sunday Dec 2, 2007.