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Best Temps for Skiing in Summit County

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So I will be in Denver for business this Friday and will be heading to Copper Mountain on Saturday, I believe, for a day of skiing. I noticed after these snow storms move out next Wednesday that the temps go back up to the mid 30s. Copper weather forecast has moved around from 32-37. So at what high temp does it make the runs icy in the afternoon? Since this will be the first day it gets above freezing will it even affect it that much? Or is a few hours of mid 30s temps enough to turn the powder icy?

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It's all about the aspect and elevation. 32-37 at the base, or up top? Even if it's up top, anything north, n.e. facing (which is pretty much all of it if I recall correctly) will probably not see enough sun exposure to go though a freeze thaw cycle. Wind and moisture content also play a roll, so hopefully some local s will chime in shortly. I wouldn't worry about it and just get up there.
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It looks like the weather reports have revised and the base temps will not reach over 32F. Summit will be in the 20s. While it doesnt look like there will be a ton of super fresh powder on Saturday it is looking to be a wonderful sunny day. And the gobs of snow that will earlier this week should make for a great time. Excited. 

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