While many of us were getting ready for Super Bowl Weekend, the city of Denver was still bumming about their Broncos, collectively Tebowing with teary eyes, lamenting on their team’s near miss. Little did they know, Denver was about to be hit by the largest storm in the city’s history! The storm ravaged the plains of Colorado depositing over two feet of snow in the city. It didn’t take long after the first flakes fell for the Denver community to forget about the bitter end to their team’s season and start focusing on what’s really important — skiing and snowboarding!
While the weekend storm didn’t mean much to most of Colorado’s resorts which only received a mere dusting, mountains closer to the eye of the storm such as Echo Mountain bared the full brunt of Mother Nature’s wrath. Don’t worry! They were well equipped to receive it. Echo Mountain which resides a short 15 miles outside of the city near Evergreen, CO saw over 55 inches of fresh powder over the weekend!
Travel was made extremely difficult throughout the path of the storm. Many individuals were either stranded in or around Denver after over 600 flights were canceled going in and out of the city. The storm also caused widespread traffic jams when Interstate 70 was closed.
For individuals with no specific travel plans other than “make it to the chairlift”, the new snowfall came with perfect timing to add to the fun during Echo Mountain’s inaugural Snow Dash competition and Evergreen Winter Festival which took place on Saturday. By about mid-afternoon, the clouds began to part, making way for sunny bluebird conditions to finish out the weekend.
Stephanie Marcus, Sales Manager at Echo Mountain spoke about the wild scene on Saturday, “I was like a little kid in a candy store. It’s unreal…. The snow is almost as tall as I am! We couldn’t be more excited!”
She went on to say “Eldora had to turn people away after about noon because their parking lot was at capacity and being the only 2 areas with snow from this storm (they got 31”) everyone who was turned away came here — so we were bumping. Woohoo!”
The resort is currently sporting a 48″ base after the storms and is the perfect place to get your fill of skiing and snowboarding. Anyone still attempting to figure out their travel plans out of Colorado should seriously consider prolonging their depature in order to get a few more turns in! Just tell your boss the roads haven’t opened back up and flight schedules out of Denver Airport are still sketchy — they’ll totally believe you.
Photography by Justin Day