Yes, we’ve had a good winter here in the western Colorado Rockies. Winds in March and April blew in a few dreadful dirt layers but recent storms have reset the snowpack to spring corn conditions that are reminiscent of the good ol’ pre-snirt days. The road over Independence Pass opened last Thursday and since then all sorts of backcountry travelers are enjoying this glorious zone. Parking areas are packed, but abundant coverage allows folks to fan out like gentle waves on a pond.
Whether the objective was social or solitude, the Rockies delivered with forget-me-not blue skies over blankets of sparkling white glisse. But like icky fuzz growing on a dish of moldy leftovers, the snirt is spreading quickly with our warming weather trends. We’re happy to see folks enjoying this precious time, however fleeting it may be.