Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

  • December 17, 2019

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?