BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – This winter is turning into one of the snowiest in decades for Summit County as 26 feet of snow has piled up in Breckenridge. And all that snow is really good news for mountain communities.

“As of (Sunday) morning we’ve had 5 feet of snow in the last 7 days,” Kristin Pettit with Breckenridge Ski Resort said.

Breckenridge has turned into a powder factory. Last Monday it snowed 26 inches — the snowiest day there in 18 years. It’s shaping up to be the snowiest season in decades.

“Just about 270 inches for the season; our season average is about 300,” Pettit said. “So we’re kind of dancing around that middle number right now.”

“I’ve heard from the ski area that it’s like the second-snowiest year in the 49-year history of the ski area,” Town of Breckenridge spokeswoman Kim Dilallo said.

In town crews are still trying to dig out from the recent storms.

“We’ve actually been so busy moving the snow we haven’t had the chance to put the statistics together,” Dilallo said.

There’s so much snow in Breckenridge that residents can’t even see out of their driveways.

“It’s good for business, it’s good for the morale of the town,” Dilallo said.

Reservations to stay in Breckenridge are also on the rise, especially compared to the numbers from over the last 2 years.

“When people look on the TV and they see all this great powder we have, they see all the skiing that we have, they tend to pick up the phone because they want to ski in Breckenridge,” Racheal Zerowin with the Breckenridge Resort Chamber said.

The heaviest months for snow in Summit County are yet to come.


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