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The day with so much promise

That became so disappointing!! - day 28

snow -2 °C
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We woke up early again this morning, in preparation for driving up to the mountain again. We were going to head up to Copper Mountain again as they had received the most amount of snow. In fact, they had receive 16 inches (41cm) of fresh snow in the last 24 hours!! We were all super pumped for the day ahead of fresh, deep snow! The drive to the mountain takes one of the main interstate highways, I70. This heads over the mountains, up to an altitude of over 3000 meters, and weaves through some deep gullies. Due to the high altitude, steep cliffs and significant snow falls, the avalanche risk was extremely high. We got to within 50 km of the ski field, before the road was closed. The internet was saying it would take about 3 hours to clear. By this time it was 10am, so we would still get a few hours of skiing in the afternoon when the road opens. Eventually the traffic started to move, great! However, they were diverting the traffic back onto the interstate heading back towards Denver. The road was still closed, and would remain close for some time. There goes our powder day! More so, we had accommodation booked in Gramby, which is close to Winter Park, for the night. All the access roads to Gramby were also closed! We stopped at a McDonalds in Idaho Springs, to hopefully wait for some roads to open. One road into Gramby eventually opened at about 3:30pm, thank goodness! We then drove the 2 hours to our accommodation in Gramby. We are staying at the same place as the last time we were here, the Inn at Silvercreek. Even though the day was disappointing, not many people made it to the mountain today, meaning the snow should be nice and fresh for us still tomorrow!

Posted by vansantjordan 18:07 Archived in USA Tagged mountains snow winter skiing colorado holiday usa sad disappointing coppermountain freshsnow whitechristmas roadclosure

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