Colorado — Bodacious Snowpack 200%


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 14, 2016      

A couple days ago, my friend Al and I got up on some of Colorado’s high terrain. Water stats folks are reporting snowpack is around 200 percent of normal in places. For the middle of June, sure looks like it. We did a bit of bit of dirt hiking — just a bit. Some of the snow is suncupped, but quite a bit of very nice skiable surface is still to be had. Key now is to pick routes with higher trailheads unless you’re comfortable with significant distance in your running shoes. North facing terrain could also have smoother snow, depending on how much has been peeling off when it gets warm. Easy to suss out.

Independence Pass, Colorado, June 12 2016.

Independence Pass, Colorado, June 12, 2016.

Quite fun skiing on into mid June. I’m even doing some gear testing. What gets me is we defer a lot of our home upkeep and improvement until summer. I get antsy to complete those projects, then skiing runs long and tension develops. Yet it’s a good tension to have. Either way, something gets done. I just hope to get some home improvement done in November!



IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE VIEWING SITE, TRY WHITELISTING IN YOUR ADBLOCKER, OTHERWISE PLEASE CONTACT US USING MENU ABOVE, OR FACEBOOK.

Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


Comments

9 Responses to “Colorado — Bodacious Snowpack 200%”

  1. Jim P. June 14th, 2016 11:07 am

    Still not bad in Idaho this year too, though we had lots of melting last week.

    https://goo.gl/photos/gby1DkfqezNt1n1d8

  2. Scott June 14th, 2016 11:23 am

    Hi Lou –
    I checked the Snotel site this weekend and the temperature has only been going down to 36 degrees at night. 10 degrees warmer than over Memorial day. Do you get worried about the base layer not freezing enough?

  3. Lou Dawson 2 June 14th, 2016 11:36 am

    Hi Scott, only on the steeps… of interest, due to the types of conditions you mention the Grizzly Chute slid big with a 6 foot fracture, which it does during many years. Radiation cooling usually freezes the surface on a clear night above timberline. Lou

  4. biggb June 14th, 2016 11:42 am

    Lou … if you had just a few recommendations for tourists (like me from Idaho) who might want to get the biggest bang for the buck / quality / fun … what objectives would you ski in the coming weeks?

  5. Lou Dawson 2 June 14th, 2016 12:40 pm

    Probably Mount Adams and lower reaches of Rainier. Though PNW is tricky for vacations due to weather. If you’re talking Colorado, you need altitude. Consider any 14ers with high access, Evans and Pikes have roads, Montezuma Basin out of Aspen has moderate 4×4 road that gets you up high. Lou

  6. biggb June 14th, 2016 5:01 pm

    Thanks for that Lou … I didn’t specify that I was looking for CO action. Did Adams last weekend (SW Chutes) and have ticked off a few classic Idaho peaks this summer. Have never skied in CO and it seems like a good time to do it!

  7. Scott June 15th, 2016 11:33 am

    Thanks for the input Lou. I actually was thinking of Grizzly as soon as the road opened, I guess that will have to be next year!!!

  8. Mark W June 16th, 2016 8:50 am

    Way to get after it! Wishing I could too. Biggb, what peaks in Idaho did you get?

  9. Lou Dawson 2 June 16th, 2016 9:28 am

    Scott, yeah, it’s been warm and east northeast stuff like Griz is gnarled. True north or northwest faces above timberline still have some good stuff and probably will for a long time, though you’ll eventually end up doing “patch” skiing. Lou





Anti-Spam Quiz:

While you can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box above, you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit. NOTE: BY SUBSCRIBING TO COMMENTS YOU GIVE US PERMISSION TO STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS INDEFINITLY. YOU MAY REQUEST REMOVAL AND WE WILL REMOVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITHIN 72 HOURS. To request removal of personal information, please contact us using the comment link in our site menu.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
  
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments


  Recent Posts




Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube

 



  • Blogroll & Links


  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to WildSnow.com and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version