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post #61 of 69
Yesterday was 16" of champagne powder on a 210" base. 11" more today with sunshine. Should last well into the summer.
post #62 of 69
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Hubby: "Honey (in August), I want to ski during Thanksgiving. Please find out who will have the BEST snow and book us an awesome deal."

Wife: "I checked out NOAA and the BEST snow will be after Christmas at the places you like and have the best deals."

Hubby: "I don't care. Call the ski area and tell them we want snow when we want to be there......and we want it at a discount....."
 


 As noted nearly every year, I'm with Alpinord all the way on this subject.

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 Who plans their destination visit for April or May when the snow could be iffy?  
Nobody, but that's plain ignorance, because people line up to pay top $ to plan their destination visit for Christmas week when the snow could be iffy.

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Look at all the advice in the resorts section.  "Don't go to Steamboat after the middle of March, might not be any snow."  Same for Jackson, Aspen, etc.  And the Summit County resorts might have coral reef, or dust on crust.  This BB often leads people astray.  
 

Gotta disagree here.  That's somewhat valid advice for south facing places like Jackson and Steamboat in terms of surface conditions.  But there's a long list of places I tout for March and April spring breaks: http://bestsnow.net/fam_ski.htm

Thankfully I live in SoCal (where the summer sports are doable year round, so none of this "I can't ski anymore because the golf course just opened" mentality) and get to ski Mammoth until Memorial Day in the worst years and July 4 in the best years.
post #63 of 69
An amusing satire on this subject
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6365781/
post #64 of 69
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

An amusing satire on this subject
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6365781/
Perfect!

Well this powder skier likes it all and will bike ride when there isn't entirely muddy trails. The logic also escapes me about getting in riding shape can only be done on a bike. Not skating, skinning or hiking up lots of vertical and at elevation? Reminds of Queen's song "I want to ride my bicycle...."


Yesterday was a super fun and nice day on tan corn. The winds this week did in fact leave a layer of dirt on various aspects of the San Juans, which changes the rest of the spring outlook.

tan_snow.jpg

On Thursday I went over the passes and back to Ridgway and took this shot of Sneffels which doesn't do it justice, Bob L. Looking up Yankee Boy, the snow up high look pretty white, but it wouldn't surprise me if in the basin, dirt was deposited.

sneffels_north.jpg

Coming back and by Silverton, the view down the Animas at the sun set on Grenadiers was awesome. By the time I got up to Molas there was only the tips still hit by the sun. Still nice, and again this shot doesn't capture it well:

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Edited by Alpinord - 4/10/10 at 9:42am
post #65 of 69
Beautiful shots, Terry.  I ditched training yesterday and skied at Copper with friends.  I was surprised to see a significant amount of dirt on the snowpack -- we haven't had it year to date.  I guess it must have blown in with the snow last week -- there were big winds out west.

Today is bike specific training:  5+ hours.  Given that it was over 50 yesterday when I left Copper, I can't imagine that the remaining resort skiing is going to last that much longer without significant closures for lack of snow.  While I haven't been skiing much in the last month, one of my buddies who has was amazed at how much snow they lost in a week especially given that they got a pretty good amount of snow last week as well.

Perhaps the BTC guys will figure out it would be better to have this ride in August where it wouldn't interfer with ski season.  But for now, its onto the bike!
Mike
post #66 of 69
 Terry, out of curiosity, does the dirt notably accelerate the snow melt in sunny areas?  (It should based on what I know, just haven't observed it in a setting like that).
post #67 of 69
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Springtime in CO can be very confusing. All outdoor activities become available and truthfully, with this beautiful, fair weather, all are appealing. The bikes are out in force here and convenience will start to win out. Fortunately, I have a couple lines I can hike and ski for a workout and turns within a mile from here for a little bit longer.

It still can get cold, nasty and snow a bunch more and then extend the mud season. The storms of late have been tracking more northerly.

On the spring skiing stoke front: Here's a shot from my niece (who grew up skiing Telluride) at Bridger Bowl last week who also went to Targhee and skied several feet of snow which was the deepest she had ever skied.

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post #68 of 69
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post

 Terry, out of curiosity, does the dirt notably accelerate the snow melt in sunny areas?  (It should based on what I know, just haven't observed it in a setting like that).

Absolutely. The darker color and 'mass' absorbs more heat and does not reflect the light as much. Last year there were several layers that killed the hiking/corn camping season. It seems to occur more than it used to and my theory is it's all the fallow bean fields west of here, combined with the desert. Also, there is cumulative dirt in snow and as the snowpack reduces, the concentration of dirt increases.
post #69 of 69
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

On Thursday I went over the passes and back to Ridgway and took this shot of Sneffels which doesn't do it justice, Bob L. Looking up Yankee Boy, the snow up high look pretty white, but it wouldn't surprise me if in the basin, dirt was deposited.


sneffels_north.jpg
 

I'd like to get up there and check it out in the next month or so.  If I do I'll report back.  
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