Front Range riffraff wanting to see snow conditions for all of Colorado used to have a great resource at Colorado Ski Country USA. Their snow report previously listed almost every ski area in the state, until Vail Resorts pulled out of the group earlier this year. Now their snow report does not include Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Vail. What’s a ski bum to do?
Well, there are many other sites to choose from. The Denver Post Colorado Ski Report is one of the best snow reports. Why? For starters, it lists snow totals for 24, 48 and 72 hours. Most other snow reports only give you 24- and 48-hour numbers. In addition, total acres open is listed instead of just number of lifts or percent of terrain. That’s a good thing to know early season, as total acres open is often the best indicator of who’s getting/making the most snow. You also get vertical drop. No RSS feed, though. Score: 8 woots! (Out of a possible 10.)
The Rocky Mountain News Colorado Snow Report has less useful information. It’s more of a quick summary, although it does give you the window ticket price. (As if. Friends don’t let friends pay full window price.) And you do get opening/closing dates, which is helpful for planning. As with the Post, no RSS feed. Silly newspapers. Score: 6 woots!
OnTheSnow.com lists 24- and 48-hour snow, base depth and weather. You have to click on each resort if you want more than the basics. They provide the Denver Post’s info, so it’s pretty much the same data once you click on each resort, but in a more drawn out, clicky fashion. RSS is also an option, which is a good thing. Score: 6 woots!
And then there’s the Colorado Ski Country USA “Today’s Snow Conditions flown in by… Frontier.” You get the percentage of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain open, which could be useful. There’s not much love for KABVBC passholders, but it does include Arapahoe Basin. Info is “Updated twice a day by the resorts themselves.” They offer good RSS and email options, too, although they do their best to hide the RSS feed. Oh, and you can view it in metric measurements, which is cool for your Euro friends. And, as previously mentioned, there’s no sight of Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Vail. Score: 5 woots!
Anywoo, those are the reports I found. Please leave a comment if you know of any other good online reports.
And stay tuned for an upcoming iPhone app snow report roundup later this season.