Snowfall At Winter Park/Mary JaneSnow forecast Winter Park Resort

We have had an odd year of snowfall here in Winter Park, Colorado this 2011/2012 ski season but things are looking on the very bright side now, as this February been one snowy month.  So far this year we have had 126″ of snow and that is low for this time of year.  However, what a blessing this could turn to to be.

Winter Park and Mary Jane has averaged around 340″ of snow the past 11 years (during ski season).  So what does this mean?  Well, I’m reading the tea leaves with the idea that WP is in for some monster late winter and spring snowfalls.  My prediction is that by the scheduled closing of WInter Park Resort on April 22 there will have been one 300″ of new snow at the Mary Jane snow station.  That will be over 175″ of new snow in the next 10 weeks.

So look out! I’m saying we are going to have one of the best late winter anmd spring skiing seasons ever.  We did all the snow dances, put the trail maps in the freezer and we are going to get the fluffy white snow falling all season long.

Here is snow history for last year and the ten years previous:

2010/11 SEASON
MONTH
SNOWFALL (INCHES)
PERCENT OF 10 YR. AVERAGE
October 18.0 246.4%
November 57.7 97.6%
December 51.1 82.8%
January 62.0 95.9%
February 58.6 101.8%
March 81.6 126.3%
April 59.0 156.9%
TOTAL
388.0
110.0%

And here are the previous 10 years of snowfall history at WInter PArk and Mary Jane:

PREVIOUS 10 SKI SEASONS

SNOWFALL (INCHES) / PERCENT OF 10 YR. AVERAGE
SEASON
OCT.
NOV.
DEC.
JAN.
FEB.
MARCH
APRIL
TOTAL
2000/1 3.0 / 58.9 76.2 / 120.1 82.1 / 135.8 45.4 / 66.9 65.5 / 114.6 57.3 / 84.8 32.5 / 85.3 362.0 / 100.5
2001/2 4.0 / 78.5 45.6 / 71.9 59.8 / 98.9 67.7 / 99.8 35.7 / 62.5 27.2 / 40.3 6.2 / 16.3 246.2 / 68.4
2002/3 28.2 / 553.3 71.6 / 112.9 52.0 / 86.0 37.6 / 55.4 68.1 / 119.2 114.2 / 169.0 39.0 / 102.4 410.7 / 114.1
2003/4 0 / 0 72.1 / 128.9 59.6 / 102.1 30.9 / 41.6 55.3 / 90.9 40.2 / 67.6 10.6 / 27.9 268.7 / 74.6
2004/5 18.0 / 365.8 48.2 / 75.6 38.3 / 63.4 47.5 / 71.3 43.1 / 75.5 68.1 / 102.2 29.5 / 79.4 292.7 / 82.0
2005/6 11.0 / 205.4 79.5 / 125.8 87.0 / 145.8 68.0 / 103.1 50.6 / 89.4 51.6 / 77.4 17.3 / 46.9 365.0 / 103.0
2006/7 42.0 / 758.3 28.2 / 44.2 54.1 / 89.3 28.2 / 42.7 69.6 / 123.4 46.7 / 70.6 33.7 / 93.0 302.5 / 85.3
2007/8 14.0 / 209.6 15.1 / 24.1 86.8 / 143.8 75.1 / 115.8 73.1 / 128.6 70.0 / 108.3 55.1 / 152.3 389.2 / 110.2
2008/9 7.0 / 101.4 34.6 / 56.5 93.2 / 152.4 73.5 / 112.8 59.3 / 103.4 41.2 / 62.7 70.0 / 190.5 378.8 / 107.0
2009/10 21.0 / 304.2 16.0 / 26.5 49.3 / 79.4 39.4 / 60.2 64.1 / 111.7 52.2 / 80.3 33.5 / 88.8 275.5 / 77.6
AVERAGES
14.8 / 121.5 48.7 / 118.5 66.2 / 77.2 51.3 / 120.8 58.4 / 100.3 56.9 / 143.5 32.7 / 180.2 329.1 / 117.9

So there is a silver lining to the slow snowfall start here in Winter Park: we will be getting a bunch of snow in the next two and a half months.  Maybe some of the best ever spring skiing here in Winter Park, Colorado.

So make sure to get your Winter Park Spring Ski Lodging early and have some grate spring skiing fun.

February 14th, 2012

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