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Purgatory Snow Report for 30 Apr 2015

  • Weather Forecast for Purgatory at  m altitude issued: 11 am03 May 2015 (local time)  
Ski USA - Colorado

Purgatory Snow Report for 30 Apr 2015

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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 30 Apr 2015. 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: 30 Apr 2015

Season opens: 28 November 2014 | Season closes: 12 April 2015

Season closed
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Most recent snowfallon
Fresh snow depth:cm

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

Resort Ski Report:0 out of 10Lifts open.

Purgatory Snow Conditions:Resort is closed for the season

Reported Weather Conditions:,Temperature: 12°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)
Sun Mon Tue

(1720m — 2746m)

snow report yesterday

1363 km away

200
60

Good

Varied
8 days ago
25
9
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2233 m
3200m 3150m 2100m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report 2 days ago

1790 km away

×
Closed
×
No snow
9 days ago
4
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1053 m
2350m 1950m 1350m

(553m — 1209m)

snow report today

3051 km away

76
38
Machine Groomed
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 881 m
2550m 2900m 2500m

(307m — 611m)

snow report yesterday

3091 km away

30
15
Machine Groomed
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 459 m
2550m 2950m 3250m

(564m — 1234m)

snow report today

3141 km away

Wildcat Mountain webcam
46
15
Spring Conditions
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 899 m
2550m 2900m 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.