Winds top 100 mph at Winter Park Resort
November 14, 2011
Winter Park Resort was hit with winds exceeding 100 mph on Saturday as a snowstorm moved through Colorado’s northern tier.
At 12:05 a.m. peak gusts were recorded at 109 mph on a wind gauge at T-Cone Weather Station at the top of Parsenn Bowl. Wind from the west caused significant wind throw of trees and minor damage to some buildings, according to resort officials.
A substantial number of trees were downed on west-facing slopes above 9,900 feet and in locations not open to the public. There was no significant damage to lifts.
Snowmaking was shut down Sunday morning and terrain opened to the public at 8:30 a.m. after the Ski Patrol evaluated damage.
Winter Park Resort spokesperson Rachel Anderson said clean-up efforts are under way after discussion with the U.S. Forest Service.
Berthoud Pass remained open all weekend and Winter Park Resort reported a half an inch of snow Saturday and Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service forecast for the remainder of this week includes some snow and occasional gusty winds.