Although Colorado, in common with much of North America started off with a largely warm and dry first month of the season, more recent weeks have seen a succession of snowstorms bringing huge snowfall accumulations for some areas.

Wolf Creek ski area reported a remarkable 127” (12 feet/4 metre) snowfall to start the New Year and now the weather has settled down a bit went searching for their buried Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat, having left a marker post

“Horseshoe Bowl at Wolf Creek is prominently displayed on the trail map, but what is not shown are the details of the journey required to get there. From the top of the Alberta Chairlift one can take a short hike to the Knife Ridge Staircase to a trail which traverses along Knife Ridge to a snowcat which will take you to Horseshoe Bowl. The snowcat pick-up is at the top of Dog Chutes. Its quite an adventure and only recommended for the expert skier.  The snowcat ride is free and is picked up at the bottom of the saddle of the ridge-line between the peak of Alberta Lift and Horseshoe Bowl,” the MountainYahoos website explains.

The resort is currently posting an eight-feet-plus (2.5 metre) base on its upper slopes, the deepest reported in the US Rockies.

Pics by wolf creek / Augie Sparrow

“The sun is shining …and needless to say the skiing/riding is at an all-time high! Bring your powder skis/board and check it out,” a resort statement says.

The snowcat ready for use (library pic)