ESTES PARK, Colorado. — Parkites may want to pack up and hit the road: A monster Colorado snow storm is forecast to blanket our neighbors, in some areas with a predicted 91″ of snow this weekend.
Alterra’s Steamboat Springs and Winter Park, and Vail’s Keystone, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge are bracing for potentially more snow than they’ve seen in a decade.
Ikon pass holders from Park City will be taking advantage. The Park City Ski and Snowboard Nordic Team is in Steamboat for the USA Nordic Jr. National Championships. Safety first being the motto dictating on-again, off-again heats as snow squalls cruise through the region. The Park City Miners Hockey Team just skated out of town from Steamboat a couple days ago from its competition.
Denver television meteorologists forecast feet upon feet of powder by Sunday, impeding school openings, traffic flow and air travel. Ubiquitous live shots from supermarkets attest to residents’ fears of shortages, and Eastern slope Colorado cattle farmers are shaking in their boots for their livestock-dependent livelihoods.
Parkite families visiting Colorado for other reasons than alpine skiing might just be in luck. If they brought alpine gear, there’s high stoke. If they brought alpine gear and they’re an Ikon or Epic user, there’s serious stoke. If they brought alpine gear and they’re pass holders and their other activities away from the resort are cancelled for the inclement weather, well, that’s the elusive trifecta of STOKE! With this kind of luck, perhaps it’s a sign that it’s time to play that lottery while they’re there.