Record snow buries Beaver Creek |

Record snow buries Beaver Creek

Melanie Wong
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” How deep was the snow in Beaver Creek, Colorado Tuesday morning?

Depends on who you ask.

“This deep,” said nine-year-old Elizabeth Farnsworth, putting her glove to her waist.

“I fell in it twice, but it was fun,” she said.

Avon resident Matt Kontos found even more of the white stuff on Birds of Prey when he lost a ski and found himself in shoulder-deep powder.

“Today was pretty ridiculous,” he said. “The snow was perfect on every run you went on. I think this has been my favorite day (of the season) so far.

Beaver Creek received 17 inches of snow between Monday and Tuesday, making December the snowiest recorded month. The mountain has received 103 inches of snow to date this month, surpassing the previous record of 90 inches last December.

Vail is not far behind. The mountain got 1.5 feet of snow overnight, and has received 88 inches this month at mid-mountain, well above the December average of 62 inches.

After Monday night’s storm, mountain staff reported that the 70 outdoor picnic tables at Two Elk Restaurant were “missing,” completely buried underneath the snow.

“We left them out in front of the restaurant last night, but they were gone this morning,” joked restaurant general manager Doug Wooldridge. “It just won’t stop snowing. Each morning we have to dig our way into work and then dig our way back out again at the end of the day. But we’re not complaining!”

Both Vail and Beaver Creek have received nearly four feet of snow over the past week, and both resorts have had 12 feet of snow so far this season.

Will the numbers bode well for a great snow season?

“I sure hope so. This is for sure the best powder day we’ve seen for a few years,” said Tommy Farnsworth, Elizabeth’s father.

The Memphis, Tenn. family comes out to Vail and Beaver Creek a couple times each year. “Every day for the past three weeks we’d look at the weather forecast, and we were just tickled pink that it was snowing out here.”

Snowboarder Robbie Morgenroth, of Avon, said he hopes there will be plenty of similar dumps this winter.

“The snow this morning was fluffy, beautiful… any positive word you can think of,” he said of the Beaver Creek powder.

Season pass restrictions are lifted for snowshoers and cross-country skiers only on the Strawberry Park Express Lift (Chair 12) from Dec. 27-31 in order to access McCoy Park.

Foot passenger tickets to ride the lift can be picked up at the Nordic Sports Center at the base of Chair 12.

McCoy Park has 32 kilometers of snowshoe trails and classic and skate skiing tracks.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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