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Is the October snow sticking around?

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The Tahoe area received some really nice snow last week, which was followed by some warm(ish) autumn days, which is why I was surprised when I went for a drive to Northstar on Saturday and saw the runs still snow-covered .....

 

Is the October snow sticking in your part of the world?

 

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Early season snows like this tend to hang around, especially on anything with a slightly northern aspect.  Even with relatively warm daytime temps, the angle of the sun just doesn't get to the snow. This can be a good thing for the ski area runs like N*, in that it helps keep the ground frozen so subsequent snow will just build the base.  The problem is in the backcountry or open bowls & chutes where avalanche danger is a concern.  If the old snow hangs around too long it can turn to depth hoar (kind of a re-crystallized sugar) that makes for a weak bed surface that a major snowfall does not anchor onto well.  The best scenario is for the real storms to come in right side up, beginning wet & warm with dropping temps. & snow levels. 

 

This doesn't help much for the mountain biking up high either.

 

Here is what it looks like around my valley in UT.  Snow holding from about 7000' & higher:

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JF

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Is the October snow sticking in your part of the world?

 

What October snow?

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That was YOUR last rainfall, Mr. Bear.

Peaks around Breckenridge still have the dusting they received Friday, but it's mostly disappeared from my yard.

A-Basin reports getting close to an opening, but not ready to announce: http://arapahoebasin.blogspot.com/
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It's currently raining and 49 degrees at my home at the base of Squaw.

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

The Tahoe area received some really nice snow last week, which was followed by some warm(ish) autumn days, which is why I was surprised when I went for a drive to Northstar on Saturday and saw the runs still snow-covered .....

 

Is the October snow sticking in your part of the world?

 

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why would you want it to stick around? Its better for it to be all gone before it actually starts to snow.

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

why would you want it to stick around? Its better for it to be all gone before it actually starts to snow.



Where did I say that I wanted it to stick aroundth_dunno-1[1].gif

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It's currently raining and 49 degrees at my home at the base of Squaw.

 

& then again, rain trumps everything

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JF

post #9 of 15

Snow on the La Sal mountains in SE Utah October 12th:

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JF

post #10 of 15

It's in the high 70s here. We have winter right where we want it. 

post #11 of 15

I can only recall one season living in Minnesota where Buck Hill opened for a few days in October.  The traffic was not that great.  Skiing out on the mountain when the leaves are still on the trees in full color (assuming the snow in them didn't bring down the trees) just doesn't seem quite right to me.  This is where we get back to the discussions on the viability of indoor skiing.hijack.gif

 

Or, not..

 

I could see hiking up the street for a turn or two during an unusual October snow event for kicks, but not driving 3 hours to the mountains over it..

post #12 of 15

I'll ask the experts.

 

 

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

why would you want it to stick around? Its better for it to be all gone before it actually starts to snow in Vermont.


Fixed it for you.

 

post #14 of 15

Pretty sure Wolf Creek, CO has the best northern hemisphere snow conditions, anywhere NOW!

Been there 200 days over many years and this is the record early open.

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Were you there mountain biking? My other sport that I do so much more. Tasty Porc.

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