GUNNISON COUNTY, Colo. — Gunnison Valley Schools closed Monday for the first time since 1970 because of the extreme amount of snow that is continuing to accumulate.
Western State Colorado University in Gunnison also closed its doors.
Roughly 6 feet of snow have fallen in the past seven days in Crested Butte. And another 30 inches of snow could fall by Thursday morning.
The Crested Butte ski resort closed early on Monday out of concern for guests and employees.
“Wet and heavy snowfall combined with increasing winds has led to the closure,” officials said on Twitter.
— Crested Butte (@skicrestedbutte) January 9, 2017
Crested Butte resident and photographer Xavier Fane captured the in town atmosphere in a series of images. Locals have not stopped shoveling. Snow piles are approaching roof eaves.
Eric Yackel took this photo of the “Fashionable Alley District” in downtown Crested Butte on Saturday.
And Gunnison has been buried in snow.
However, the extreme amount of snow didn’t keep people in Gunnison from digging out, getting things done and having some fun.