'Powder hounds' waiting for snow in Colorado

8:29 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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"It's all looking pretty good," Gratz said on Wednesday as he looked over the weather models on his laptop. "I definitely see a change in the weather. It's coming."

The meteorologist and founder of Opensnow.com has made a business model out of giving skiers and boarders a reason to pay attention to such nerdy stuff as barometric pressure and relative humidity.

"I was bitten by the weather bug at an early age," Gratz said. "For me it was just a love of snow. I actually like to go out and shovel."

With the state's snowpack hovering around 40 percent of normal, there are likely more than a few eyes scanning the weather forecasts. Hopefully, said Gratz, this weekend will be the start of a long-lasting pattern.

"Really all it takes is a good two or three weeks of consistently cold and snowy weather, and then all of a sudden we can be back in action with plenty of snow on the slopes," Gratz said.

The weather pattern of the last few weeks has sent storm after storm to the north of Colorado.

"The last significant snow storm for Colorado was the first week of November," Gratz said.

The ski areas are feeling it acutely.

"We don't want another year like last year," he added.

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