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Crested Butte Gets Too Much Snow?

Too much snow?? Are you *%&@ing kidding me?! There we were, drinking a beer, watching the snow continue to unleash its merciless onslaught on the poor lifts that had shut down for the day. It was 1pm, and for those who don’t know, that’s about 3 hours too early. Wet snow on top of dry snow equals really really bad situations for those who want to play in it. As it turns out, Crested Butte got a lot of very heavy snow. When I say a lot, I mean over 20 inches in one day. Had it been “normal” Colorado champagne powder, this would have been no worry, but a foot and some change of heavy wet snow on top of a weak powdery layer is an avalanche waiting to happen. Remember that poor camel who is always getting his back broken? This snow was the straw that broke his back. On top of causing avalanche danger, the snow weaseled its way into lift operations. White, flaky, tyrannical monsters were finding their way into the cables of the lifts, freezing them up, and rendering them totally useless. A quick attempt to thaw the lines resulted in a barrage of water leaking into the lift operator’s hut. Over at the lodge behind one of the two main lifts, the chimney was dislodged and falling off the roof, yes, because there was so. much. snow. A ski patroller who had been working at the resorts since the 80’s said he had, in all his years, never seen anything like it. Even Western State Colorado University closed for the first time in history....