Statewide snowpack average approaching rarefied 150 percent of normal

Snowpack Update Map. Statewide average is 147 percent of normal.

Snowpack Update Map. Statewide average is 147 percent of normal.

DENVER — In just the past five days, the average statewide snowpack has jumped 17 percent to 147 percent of normal thanks to the Pineapple Express continues, according to surveys by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

If the state reaches 150 percent of normal, it would represent rarefied air. In the past 40 years, only three winters have reached that mark by Feb. 1: 1979, 1984 and 1997.

With two more days of snow accumulation in the forecast, the statewide average will continue to climb.

Snowfall in the past five to seven days has been extreme with as much as 5 1/2 feet in Crested Butte and Monarch Mountain.

Some other totals include:

  • 69 inches at Monarch Mountain
  • 67 inches at Crested Butte
  • 58 inches at Loveland
  • 57 inches at Arapahoe Basin
  • 55 inches at Aspen/Snowmass
  • 49 inches at Wolf Creek
  • 49 inches at Steamboat
  • 48 inches at Silverton Mountain
  • 43 inches at Copper Mountain