Stunning snow totals coming to Steamboat, other northern mountains

An extended period of significant snowfall is on tap for Colorado’s northern mountains with six ski areas forecast to receive more than a foot over the next five days.

Steamboat will lead the way with 15 inches predicted for Saturday and a total of 36 over the five-day period, according to the OpenSnow forecasting and reporting service.

On the other side of Rabbit Ears Pass, Bluebird Backcountry is forecast to receive 23 inches, 10 of it coming on Saturday. Crested Butte and Wolf Creek can expect 16 while Snowmass and Beaver Creek are looking at 13.

Popular backcountry areas in the northern mountains will get slammed, too. Buffalo Pass is forecast to receive 42 inches over the five-day period with 23 predicted for Cameron Pass. Rocky Mountain National Park is expected to receive 17 inches.Ski areas nearest Denver can expect 6-8 inches over the next five days.

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