Kenzie Snyder

Riding up the ski lift to get to the top, to shred the fresh powder.

Kenzie Snyder, Ranger Review Reporter

When the word “snow” is spoken, it invokes feelings of warm fires, hot chocolate, and snow days. Right? Right?!? WRONG! In what has come to be known as, “Snowpocalypse 2017” on social media, has shut down half of the US. Washington, California, Nevada,  and Colorado are currently cowering in fear, as Florida looks on and laughs. It is truly a Snowpocalypse.


The abundance of snow has caused Monarch Ski Resort to be temporarily closed. “In the past 20 hours they have received over 20 inches, and within the last 48 hours have received 28 inches of snow” says 9News. Because the plethora of snow Monarch received induced the closure for avalanche control, Monarch Mountain maintenance, food service and grooming crews were prevented from reaching the mountain.


Crested Butte joined Monarch the week of January 10, 2017. According to 9News: “Crested Butte closed on Monday 10, January and they have been working on getting everything back open to the public.”


Colorado is not the only place that has closed down ski resorts. So far on the 11th of January a  ski resort in Nevada and California have shut down. The Ski Resort in Woodward Tahoe, California as have been closed.


Too much snow kills the experience of shredding the slopes. Many skiers were disappointed to find out that the ski resorts were closed when there was too much of the fresh powder. Many skiers were ready to get out on the slopes, but they were denied the opportunity due to the excessive amount of snow.


A Colorado mountain resort was forced to close because of the rare, potent storm dropping more than a foot of powder in the high country. The Ski resort of Arapahoe Basin was even closed on Tuesday January 11th because of an avalanche danger on Loveland Pass.


“The good news: it snowed all day and night yesterday,” Monarch said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning. “The bad news: Monarch will not open today. Monarch Pass has been closed all night for avalanche control, preventing Monarch Mountain maintenance, food service, and grooming crews from reaching the mountain.”


According to a news cast websites says there is more snow to be expected this coming friday January 20, 2017 along with next Tuesday the 24th of January.


“The first fall of snow is not only an event, but it’s a beautiful event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not amazing enough, the amazing thing is where can it be found” says Moriah Goldberg 12 at Colorado Springs Christian High School.
The Ski resorts are open so if you enjoy skiing, grab your board or your skis cause there’s plenty of snow to shred.