That changes, however, in the spring when portions (maybe all) of the Front Range get bragging rights, as evident in my Twitter feed this morning.
and quotes like "ski the snow on the ground, not the date on the calendar."We are experiencing some particularly brutal global warming Colorado todayhttps://t.co/rPZQdvq1Yq pic.twitter.com/GjZsf70rET— Steve Goddard (@SteveSGoddard) May 3, 2018
It is dumping snow in the Colorado Mountains right now! "Ski the snow on the ground. Not the date on the calendar" pic.twitter.com/pOzng4VyND— Damon Lane (@KOCOdamonlane) May 3, 2018
Late season snow is not uncommon in the Front Range. In fact, at Berthoud Pass, the snowiest months of the year are March and April. And if you compare the mean monthly snowfall at Berthoud Pass to Alta, you find that while Alta has bragging rights for most of the winter, Berthoud is in a near tie in April and bests Alta in May.
|Mean monthly snowfall at Alta (Blue) and Berthoud Pass (Orange) based on data from the Western Region Climate Center. Note that the averaging periods differ, but this is a blog, so we won't worry about such minor details.|
So, if you are a Colorado powder skier, patience is a virtue. Your best season is from March to early May (ignoring caustic solar effects!).