Crested Butte Snowpocalypse – Snow Totals, Rare School Closure, and the Ski Resort Closes Early for the Day

What a week in has been in Crested Butte!  Two winter storms have blasted through the area within the past week bringing in a seven-day total of 83 inches of snow!  Thirty inches of that total has fallen within the past 48 hours.  We are officially the state leader in week-long snow totals.  You are in heaven if you are a powder skier!

Crested Butte Snowpocalypse roof Photo by Eric Yackel

Along with all the snow came some very unusual closures.  Around 1:30 PM yesterday, the ski resort had to close due to too much snow!  There were safety concerns for both the employees and guests.  You can see how fast the snow piled up in the Crested Butte Pow Cam video below.  I’ve never seen the resort close in my 27 years of living in the valley!  The resort compensated guests that were impacted with a courtesy lift ticket to be used another day.  Sometimes there is too much of a good thing…but we’ll take it!  The resort is up and at it again today.  You can watch the snow measurements climb on the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Pow Cam.

The Gunnison Watershed School District closed all schools yesterday.  This is a very rare event as well.  Crested Butte locals are known to boast that the school never closes for snow.  There are rumors about how long it has been since the last Snow Day.  I’ve heard it was over 30+ years ago.  I bet my kids will be talking about yesterday for years to come!  I’ve had to break it to them that they’ll probably never get another Snow Day in their school careers… but what a life they have living here!

Photo from Crested Butte News

The Pineapple Express continues all week long.  We are expected to gradually get up to another 30” by Saturday.  If you are within driving distance and can make the quick trip here, I definitely recommend it.  The skiing will be phenomenal, and our town will be full of smiling faces.  If you haven’t already, you’ll get to experience why we are known as the “Last Great American Ski Town.”

Enjoy the snow!