Originally Posted by Jason Robertson
Im just amazed how far behind everything is compared to last year. I assumed with the lack of a summer that winter would blow in like a boss and we would all have smiling faces by now...it did not happen.
It happens. IIRC the summer of 2011 was very wet in CO, and a lot of people were looking forward to the fall. That season was a horror story for CO.
2008/2009 was very dry in the fall. Then it started snowing and didn't stop. Many CO ski areas set their snowfall records that year, including Monarch- which had to push back their opening due to a lack of snow. Durango normally has very mild winters- many storms rain there instead of snow during the Winter and snow seldom stays on the ground for more than 24 hours. 2008/2009 the sidewalks had 6' tall walls of snow from the snowplows, with single-file walkways cut. This situation stayed in place from around Christmas to February.
That said, the part that is weird to me is that moisture isn't the problem this year- temps are. Warm and wet is just not a combination I am used to seeing- usually the issue is a lack of moisture. It is really fucking with me at this point. I get hard rain and even snow flurries at my house, just to find that it is still rain 2500 feet higher at Wolf Creek.
I have been noticing a fairly steady inversion going on- When I leave my house at 8000 feet and head into Durango (6000) I watch the temps drop as I descend- It may be 45* at my house, but 37* in Durango. Maybe that explains it? Although I thought that inversions couldn't happen with storms (although I don't remember why). I don't know.
I present to you today's state of Wolf Creek. Last year, the ski area had been open for 9 days at this point.