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Winter Park Snow Report for 17 Apr 2015

Our Snow Report for Winter Park brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Winter Park snow report shown below was updated on 17 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 Winter Park.

Winter Park Snow Report Issued: 17 Apr 2015

Season opens: 15 November 2014 | Season closes: 26 April 2015

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Season open
Most recent snowfall: on 17 Apr 2015
Fresh snow depth: 26 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
152
152
Bottom New Snow in Resort: –
Good piste on-piste Powder
Powder Off piste
Powder
Resort runs Resort runs Powder

Resort Ski Report: 17 out of 24 Lifts open.

Winter Park Snow Conditions: Powder day!

Reported Weather Conditions: Snow, Cloudy and snowy again today, Temperature: -3° C

  
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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

(3231m — 3871m)

snow report yesterday

25 km away

158
158
Powder
Powder
35 cm
yesterday
33
16
44
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3551 m
2450m 2400m 2400m

(3286m — 3977m)

snow report yesterday

28 km away

Arapahoe Basin webcam
104
104
Powder
Powder
20 cm
yesterday
36
19
44
moderate snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3632 m
2450m 2450m 2400m

(2764m — 3717m)

snow report yesterday

36 km away

Keystone webcam
29
8
29
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 3240 m
2450m 2450m 2450m

(2925m — 3913m)

snow report yesterday

52 km away

Breckenridge webcam
167
167
Powder
Powder
25 cm
yesterday
31
10
22
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3419 m
2450m 2500m 2500m

(2959m — 3752m)

snow report yesterday

55 km away

150
150
Powder
Powder
18 cm
yesterday
30
10
20
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3356 m
2450m 2500m 2450m

Notes on the Winter Park Snow Report

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

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Winter Park weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Winter Park, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Winter Park. 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, Winter Park snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Winter Park snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Winter Park 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 Winter Park 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 Winter Park, study the Winter Park piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Winter Park snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Winter Park 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 Winter Park (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Winter Park Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Winter Park 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.