Breckenridge is known as one of North America’s best ski towns and is consistently nominated in magazines and blogs as one of the best places to live. You can pretty much count on a lot of snow during any given winter season!
But what, exactly, are some of the reasons that we do get so much snow? Long story short, we are surrounded by “fourteeners.” From Breckenridge, you can see Quandary, Grays Peak and Torreys Peak. From the top of Imperial Lift, you can see Mountain of the Holy Cross, Mt. Massive Mountain and, in the distance, Pikes Peak. These mountains have a huge influence on snow conditions. The towering peaks surrounding Breckenridge increase the chances of fresh snow at the ski resort. When moist air travels to the summit, it reaches a point of condensation, and voilà, it’s snowing!
Usually, the biggest snowfalls are produced from storms coming from the west, northwest and north. Snow reports usually report snow falls in inches, however, the average snowfall here in Breckenridge is typically over 25 feet!
You can check snowfall and conditions yourself – check out the snow stake.
So you are probably curious as to how much snow Breckenridge has received in past winters. Well, since this decade is about to end, here are some numbers for the last 10 ski seasons:
2010 – 2011
Total Snowfall 475″ Max Base Depth 110″
2011 – 2012
Total Snowfall 187″ Max Base Depth 66″
2012 – 2013
Total Snowfall 275″ Max Base Depth 558″
2013 – 2014
Total Snowfall 388″ Max Base Depth 104″
2014 – 2015
Total Snowfall 289″ Max Depth 77″
2015 – 2016
Total Snowfall 321″ Max Depth 87″
2016 – 2017
Total Snowfall 279″ Max Depth 86″
2017 – 2018
Total Snowfall 271″ Max Base Depth 83″
2018 – 2019
Total Snowfall 387″ Max Base Depth 107″
What will 2019 – 2020 bring?