Colorado ski resorts close because it snowed too much

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. - At least three mountain ski resorts shut down the slopes this week for an unusual reason -- too much snow. 

The Crested Butte Mountain Resort said it suspended lift operations because of safety concerns related to heavy snow. 

The resort says its ski patrol and mountain ops are working to make the mountain safe with the goal of opening as much terrain as possible as quickly as possible.

According to, Crested Butte has picked up 30" of snow in the last 48 hours. The area is under an avalanche warning and snow remains in the forecast for the area through Friday night. 

Crested Butte wasn't the only ski resort impacted by too much of a good thing. Monarch Mountain was closed Tuesday because Monarch Pass was closed overnight due to the weather, preventing maintenance, food service, and grooming crews from reaching the mountain.

Arapahoe Basin closed at 1 p.m. Tuesday because of high avalanche danger on Loveland Pass. 

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