Heavy snowfall, increasing winds force Crested Butte ski resort to close

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. -- Crested Butte Mountain Resort closed early Monday partly because there was too much snow.

The resort stopped running lifts and shut down the resort Monday afternoon. It tweeted a photo showing the snow stake almost completely buried.

"Wet and heavy snowfall combined with increasing winds has led to the closure," resort officials said.

Roughly 6 feet of snow have fallen in the past seven days. And another 30 inches of snow could fall by Thursday morning.

Gunnison Valley Schools closed Monday for the first time since 1970 because of the extreme amount of snow that is continuing to accumulate.