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Purgatory Snow Report for 12 Feb 2016

  • Weather Forecast for Purgatory at  m altitude issued: 10 pm12 Feb 2016 (local time)  
Ski USA - Colorado

Purgatory Snow Report for 12 Feb 2016

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Our Snow Report for Purgatory brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Purgatory snow report shown below was updated on 12 Feb 2016. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Purgatory.

Purgatory Snow Report Issued: 12 Feb 2016

Season opens: 21 November 2015 | Season closes: 10 April 2016

Season open
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Most recent snowfallon 2 Feb 2016
Fresh snow depth:30cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
147
147
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-piste Excellent
PowderOff pisteTracked
Resort runsResort runsGood

Resort Ski Report:9 out of 10Lifts open.

Purgatory Snow Conditions:Lower slopes good, excellent up high

Reported Weather Conditions:Sun,Light clouds dotting the sky,Temperature: 6°C

  
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*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sat Sun Mon

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

0 km away

147
147

Excellent
Tracked
30 cm
11 days ago
10
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2988 m
3300m 2800m 2850m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report yesterday

25 km away

305
165
Powder
1
21
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 3612 m
3200m 2700m 2800m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report yesterday

34 km away

168
168

Excellent
Tracked
2 cm
8 days ago
13
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 3245 m
3200m 2650m 2750m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

53 km away

145
135
Packed Powder
5
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2988 m
3550m 3150m 3100m

(3140m — 3628m)

snow report yesterday

81 km away

330
230
Packed
Varied
10 days ago
1
5
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 3384 m
3400m 2950m 2800m

Notes on the Purgatory Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Purgatory. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Purgatory piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Purgatory snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Purgatory, the Purgatory weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Purgatory weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Purgatory, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Purgatory. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Purgatory snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Purgatory snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Purgatory snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Purgatory snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Purgatory, study the Purgatory piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Purgatory snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Purgatory on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Purgatory (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Purgatory Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Purgatory snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.