Originally Posted by vinn
Having worked at Copper and Breck and skied all the others in the area, I'd say the place I dread getting on the lift the most is Breck. I have no problem jumping on the lift at Copper at 8am to work, but in Breck I freeze my ass off. It's SOOOOOO cold.
I must admit, the ability to ride lifts at both Copper and Breck at the exact same time carrying a weather station in order to compare temp/wc is very impressive.
Cold air is heavy. In the morning, cold air settles in mountain valleys. That is why on cold mornings the low in Silverthorne is often much colder than Breck. And it's why Gunnison is the coldest city in Colorado.
Here are some examples of the forecast lows last Tuesday morning from the Summit Daily:
Buena Vista -17
Crested Butte -8
Crested Butte and Steamboat often have cold lows because they are closer to cold valley bottoms.
Since Breck and Copper are very close in proximity, have similar elevations and sit at about the same level in ascending valleys, they probably have very similar morning lows. Breck probably warms up a little faster because it faces the rising sun.