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SUMMIT COUNTY - While the Front Range is soaked in rain, parts of the mountains have been getting a little August snow.



Many mountain peaks above 13,000 feet were covered with a dusting of snow Thursday. A light splash of snow found its way onto Red Mountain west of Silverthorne. The peaks around Copper Mountain were coated as well.

For the past three years Copper has been the first ski area in North America to make snow, and they say if this cool weather continues those snow making days are coming soon.

"Last year we started making snow Sept. 18 and we're shooting for the same time frame, but if we get a nice cold snap it could be even earlier," said Katlin Hill, with Copper Mountain. "So were excited about it."

It will be a close race for Copper. Both Loveland and A-Basin say they too could start making snow in five to six weeks.

http://www.9news.com/acm_news.aspx?O...7-c589c01ca7bf

>>And 2" of snow on pike's peak today !
-that should get your ski dreams juiced up,it sure did mine.
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grrrr, we still have a ways to go in the east, at least another 2 1/2 months, but I'm sure thats great news for those of you out west.
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Get those guns going at Blue!
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Well we did get a few inches on the ground on halloween a couple years ago. Anyone remember that?
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Yeah I remember.

I was trying to survive on Killinton's two runs that were open.

I'm surpised I made it out alive.
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Just keep up those good positive thoughts! Hey east, I had my surgery on Monday and looking forward to opening day! Going to buy Volkl 5* or Heads IXRC 1100sr2 as motivators.
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Originally Posted by east_skiier04
Well we did get a few inches on the ground on halloween a couple years ago. Anyone remember that?
How about October 4, 1987:

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1987, October 4 -

a rapidly deepening coastal storm dumped record early heavy snow in eastern New York, western Connecticut, western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. Grafton, NY was buried under 22 inches of snow and Pownal, VT recorded 18 inches. Most of the snow occurred at higher elevations but even Albany, NY received 6 inches. Damage to trees was extensive as many trees still in full leaf. Road crews scrambled to get their plows out as the magnitude of the snow caught everybody by surprise
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My brother was backpacking in the Taconic Mountains (CT, NY, MA tri-state area) and had an interesting experience! I remember the weight of the snow snapping tree limbs down in southern Connecticut after that one....
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Wow thats pretty incredible that early. Maybe if we all go dance around outside and pray to the snow gods it will happen again


Or then again.....maybe not:
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As cold as this summers been, some snow in mid-late October would not surprise me at all....AS LONG AS we don't get one of those damned Indian Summers like last year. 80's in October and 70's in early November SUCK.


Summer's been so bad this year I hope it just goes away, let the guns fire early in November :
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OO Boy those glades are Crazy the 1st couple weeks @ Killington, Two years ago I broke the local record for earliest ski injurie @ my local hospital. Nothing major just a thumb.My 1st injury from skiing ever.
I would bet they already started setting up out in the HOLE as I like to call it. If you snoop around in mid Oct you can be there too. Its a great feeling, It dosnt stay secret vary long.
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Originally Posted by Taylormatt
As cold as this summers been, some snow in mid-late October would not surprise me at all....AS LONG AS we don't get one of those damned Indian Summers like last year. 80's in October and 70's in early November SUCK.


Summer's been so bad this year I hope it just goes away, let the guns fire early in November :
Taylor just curious what makes you think we'll have an october snow event this year?
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Originally Posted by AlpineZone
How about October 4, 1987:

Source

My brother was backpacking in the Taconic Mountains (CT, NY, MA tri-state area) and had an interesting experience! I remember the weight of the snow snapping tree limbs down in southern Connecticut after that one....
It looked like a war zone with all the down trees after that storm. The snow had all melted by the time I got power back.

I can remember standing in my back yard hearing the crack of trees/limbs falling.
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Well, we've had small snows as early as October before. Nothing that sticks around, but it's snow none the less. It's been so cold and wet this summer, it wouldn't surprise me. We've had quite a few nights in the upper 40's already this month. A couple wet nights in the 30's in October and you got snow.

Like I said though, we'll probably get screwed and have an Indian Summer just after everyone closes their pools, etc. I hate those.
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Yea those Indian Summers are just so annoying. Hopefully we'll get the october snow and then keep winter going all the way until april. That would be great.
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re:..

If only just SOME of this summer's moisture makes it to NH & Maine....It'll be an improvement....and another early 48"_dumping would be nice
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While the snow guns maybe quiet, they have been busy laying hay for the opening runs around Summit County. Soon very soon. Snow in August, what do you think of that?
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Hey Ron, congratulations on a sucessful surgury! Hope to see you at Blue this season.

We're lucky if we get a few trails at Shawnee (usually the first to open in NE PA) the last week of Nov. Even that's hard to get. You Westerners are a lucky bunch.
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Last year there was a picture (I think on the Alta web site, but maybe here) of someone skiing in knee deep powder at Alta in October- the lifts weren't runing yet, but he hiked up.

I was hiking at St Mary's Glacier (about 40 minutes west of Denver) 2 weeks ago and wish I had brought my skis. I am sure that it wouldn't have been very good skiing, but I have never skied in August before- might go this week.
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any of you guys when the blue knob usually opens for the year? I know they're pretty high up so I assume they open fairly early.
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Not sure when Blue Knob opens. I'm guessing late Nov early Dec but I did hear that they discontinue snowmaking after January and rely on Mother Nature. This isn't the only bad thing I've heard about them too (logging, stumps, rocks etc). I hope it isnt true.
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