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  1. #33851
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rideski View Post
    Anyone been on Kenosha lately? Wanted to go for an easy dry hike with the gf Wednesday. Not looking good at the moment.
    Flatirons are prime right now.

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    Me and Whip and his buddy from Winter Park will be skiing ABasin on Thursday, looks like a nice day. Come one, come all!
    Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
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    Full on mid winter type pow turns yesterday in Breck. Glad this consistent moisture pattern is hanging around, really helping to delay the faster melt of our low snowpack. That, and we headed over to Edwards in the afternoon for some great tacky dirt! Gotta love it.

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    ^^^ was thinking of hitting either silver or cristo early tmrw (thurs) and so was looking at breck snow... was their 6" report yesterday accurate? and theyre reporting another 2" this AM
    thx

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    110's skied really well yesterday evening, felt like 8-10". Hoping for a few more after work tours. Anyone skied Jones/Butler recently? Can you skin from the parking lot or is the road mostly dirt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tang View Post
    ^^^ was thinking of hitting either silver or cristo early tmrw (thurs) and so was looking at breck snow... was their 6" report yesterday accurate? and theyre reporting another 2" this AM
    thx
    I’d say so. Most all of my turns up high were bottomless. Only hit crust down low on moguls. I’d bet it stays good til tomorrow for ya.

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    Iron horse lift line was great, lap after lap, yesterday.

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    Damn it. You never get a powder day you didn't ski back. The one time you blow off a day, or a season, it will be the one time it is the miracle of all history. The indescribable flow, the irreplaceable nowness, the transcendental dance; blink and you miss it.
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    This is a great article, WaPo and others need to keep printing stuff like this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weath...ason-245-days/ (copied here because paywall)

    From September to May, it keeps snowing in Denver

    A seemingly endless snow season has gripped the Mile High City, where flakes first flew in early September and fell again late Monday into Tuesday. A coating to a few inches of snow covered much of the Denver region Tuesday morning.

    The snow accumulated mostly on grassy areas and caused few problems, but it extended one of Denver’s longest snow seasons on record, spanning 245 days.

    The first flakes of the season fell in the city on Sept. 8, when an inch fell just one day after high temperatures in the 90s. It was the first measurable September snow since 1994.

    While small amounts of snow fell in October (four inches), November (five inches), December (seven inches) and January (3.1 inches), it wasn’t until February that Denver really started to get dumped on.

    “Seems like in February things seemed to turn around,” said Jim Kalina, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Boulder, Colo. “February [with 13.5 inches of snow], March [34 inches] and April [12.6 inches] were all above normal.”


    Tuesday’s snow came as temperatures plunged to near-freezing in the morning and were predicted to reach the low 40s in the afternoon, nearly 30 degrees colder than average.


    The cold conditions in the Rockies is part of an unusual May weather pattern that has produced below-normal temperatures from Montana to northern Florida.

    By itself, snow in May in Denver isn’t terribly out of the ordinary. Measurable snow has fallen on May 10 or later there in seven of the past 15 years, tweeted Chris Bianchi, a meteorologist based in Denver.

    But both the longevity of the season and the amount of snow that has fallen this time have been unusual.

    The May snow comes after the city’s second-snowiest March on record, when 34 inches fell. Denver has recorded 80.2 inches since September, which ranks among its top 20 snowiest seasons on record.


    Including those first flakes in September, snow has fallen in the city for nine straight months.

    2021 is off to an unusually white and wet start. Through Monday, Bianchi tweeted that Denver had received more total precipitation, accounting for both melted snow and rain, than Chicago, San Francisco and Detroit.

    “This is remarkable — since Denver is just shy of desert status,” he tweeted.


    Adding in the rain and snow Monday night into Tuesday, Denver’s 2021 precipitation has leaped to more than eight inches, nearly double its average year-to-date total.

    Snowfall totals through Tuesday morning were even greater in the foothills west of Denver and in the high terrain west of Boulder, where up to 10 to 13 inches were reported and winter storm warnings were in effect. Estes Park, Colo., reported 8.8 inches. To the north, Cheyenne, Wyo., also under a winter storm warning, reported six to eight inches.


    While many areas around Denver reported measurable snow, only a trace was reported at Denver International Airport, where the snow didn’t stick. This means that while Denver’s snow season reached 245 days on Tuesday, it won’t enter the record book that way. If the airport had posted even 0.1 inches, it would have officially marked Denver’s second-longest snow season on record, only trailing 258 days in 1974-1975. But with the last measurable snow occurring April 21 (2.6 inches), the snow season officially stands at 225 days long, which would tie for 10th-longest on record.

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    While unlikely, Denver’s snow season may not be over. The city has seen measurable snowfall as late as June twice. In 1951, 0.3 inches fell on June 2, and, in 1953, 0.5 inches fell on June 5.

    In the meantime, mild weather is returning to the city after today’s winterlike chill.

    “It will warm up,” Kalina said. “Tomorrow we’ll be into the low 60s. By Thursday, we’ll be back into the 70s. Then it will be warm all the way out through early next week.”
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    Meanwhile, your reservoirs will struggle this year.
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    formerly an ambassador for a few others, but the ski industry is... interesting.
    Fukt: a very small amount of snow.

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    Yeah, lots of water in Denver, not much elsewhere in the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Yeah, lots of water in Denver, not much elsewhere in the state.
    One bright spot is that they may not need to pull as much water out of Dillon res through the Roberts Tunnel this summer.

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    Once the snow melts those reservoirs will be full. Unlimited yard watering, woohoo!

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    FYI, silver skied real well yesterday (5/13). Had been cold overnight. Started descent at 10, pretty well timed but could’ve gone earlier. Top 1/3 great - still snow from tues plus some blown in = fresh tracks. Middle 1/3 was heavy, and slaloming refrozen roller balls, bottom 1/3 actually fun slushy turns but nothing wet sliding or roller balling... yet. A few groups were out, maybe 10 total through there. Gonna be warmer today and next few days though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tang View Post
    FYI, silver skied real well yesterday (5/13). Had been cold overnight. Started descent at 10, pretty well timed but could’ve gone earlier. Top 1/3 great - still snow from tues plus some blown in = fresh tracks. Middle 1/3 was heavy, and slaloming refrozen roller balls, bottom 1/3 actually fun slushy turns but nothing wet sliding or roller balling... yet. A few groups were out, maybe 10 total through there. Gonna be warmer today and next few days though.
    How many people missed the exit?

    Every time I have skied Silver, there have been groups ahead of me (either left the TH before me or passed me on the climb) that were not back to their cars when I got back to the TH. I'd wager at least 1/3 and probably more miss the exit. They get the exit to the aqueduct, but miss the right turn off the aqueduct.
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    Forest Service temporary closing some popular dispersed camping areas:

    Forest Service targets five areas for dispersed camping closures

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. – (May 13, 2021) Five undeveloped areas on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest will be temporarily closed to camping while the Forest explores more sustainable ways to manage these areas. While “dispersed” camping is generally allowed across most of the National Forest, it can have severe impacts, especially when occurring within 100 feet of streams.

    Outside of developed campgrounds last summer, National Forest visitors created thousands of new campsites as they pulled off roads and damaged resources, trampling vegetation and compacting soils with tents, campers and vehicles. Visitors built hundreds of new rock campfire rings and negatively impacted municipal water supplies with human waste and trash. Working closely with local county officials, the Forest has targeted the following areas for temporary management changes while exploring long term solutions:

    Vasquez Creek and Little Vasquez Creek

    Located just south of the Town of Winter Park, Vasquez and Little Vasquez creeks serve as the drinking water supply for the town’s thousands of residents and guests. It is also a key access point to Winter Park’s famed mountain bike trail system. In recent years, Vasquez (FSR 156) and Little Vasquez (FSR 148), both narrow access roads to the Arapaho National Forest in this area, have become riddled with new visitor-created campsites, crammed between the road, the hillsides and the creek. There are no restroom facilities, trash receptacles or permanent campfire rings in this area. Public concern has been growing about the potential for a wildfire start from an escaped campfire. In addition, campers are impacting water quality by using the ground in this constricted drainage for their restroom. This temporary closure order will prohibit camping within a quarter-mile on either side of Vasquez and Little Vasquez for one year.

    Maxwell Falls

    Located southwest of Evergreen, the Maxwell Falls and Cub Creek trailheads are enormously popular launching points for a day hike through a dramatic canyon. This area also draws campers and late-night partiers who have campfires that are often left unextinguished. The proximity of residential neighborhoods at the top of the canyon walls and nearby put these communities at great risk of being impacted by an escaped campfire from below. In close coordination with local fire departments, the Jefferson County Sheriff and other local elected officials, the Forest has designated this area as “day use only” for the next five years. It is now prohibited to camp, have a campfire or be in the Maxwell Falls area between sundown and sunrise.

    Rainbow Lakes Road

    Located northwest of Nederland, Rainbow Lakes Road (FSR 116) serves two major trailheads (Sourdough and Rainbow) and a popular developed campground (Rainbow Lakes). Camping along the road has been steadily increasing, and last year the number of visitor-created campsites skyrocketed, creating an almost continuous line of trampled vegetation and visitor-built campfire rings along the Forest Service portions of road. Most of those campsites are located less than 100 feet from the North Boulder Creek, which is a primary source of drinking water for the City of Boulder. People camping for free along the road overwhelmed the concessionaire-managed campground at the end of the road by dumping trash and using its restrooms while cars parked along the road created emergency access issues. Camping will be prohibited within a quarter-mile of either side of the road for one year. Camping is still allowed in the campground and in the designated dispersed campsites at Caribou.

    Ceran Saint Vrain

    Located west of Jamestown, the Ceran Saint Vrain trail is popular with day hikers, mountain bikers and anglers. Along this 2-mile stretch of hiking trail, Forest Service staff identified more than 70 campsites created by visitors. Almost all the sites are located within 100 feet of the South Saint Vrain Creek. Trampled areas along the creek, along with human waste, are causing water quality issues in this area. Conflicts between day users who want to access the creek and campers trying to enjoy some privacy are common. Overcrowded parking at the trailhead creates emergency access issues and patrolling the 2-mile stretch of nonmotorized trail is challenging for law enforcement and the Forest’s limited crews. The area is plagued by unattended campfires and is surrounded uphill by private property. The limited size of the area doesn't support both overnight and day use opportunities. This prohibits camping within a quarter-mile of the creek for one year, allowing the forest to focus on the quality of the day-use experience while giving the area time to recover from previous overnight camping impacts.

    Winiger Ridge

    Located west of Gross Reservoir, Winiger Ridge provides 26 designated campsites with metal fire rings. Recently, visitors have been pushing closer to the reservoir, creating new campsites along County Road 68J/FSR 68.2B, which is a rough 4WD road that is very difficult for emergency services and firefighters to traverse. In many cases, campsites have been set up on private property due to the fragmented landownership of the area. Issues with unattended campfires, trash, resource damage from off-road driving and trespassing on private property have led to the decision to close this corridor to camping for two years while Forest staff focuses on providing higher quality sites along Winiger Ridge. Eventually, more designated sites may be added along Winiger Ridge to meet higher demand.

    In addition to these areas, the Forest still has closures in place for the Williams Fork Fire, East Troublesome Fire and Cameron Peak Fire. As soon as the snow melts, Forest personnel will be focused on assessing and stabilizing the burned areas. These areas are expected to remain largely closed to the public until critical life-safety road and trail stabilization needs can be addressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Forest Service temporary closing some popular dispersed camping areas:
    That Vasquez Creek bullshit is about fucking time.

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    forrest service is trying to crush van life
    it's ok no one can take my vans from me
    don't tread on me

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    Those fire closures are going to be tough. Cameron Peak and East Troublesome seared areas that absorbed tons of Front Range users, like the upper Cache, Rawah, Stillwater Pass, west side of RMNP, etc.

    I know it will open eventually, but it's not like the masses will be in a rush to recreate in a charred forest.
    Last edited by hatchgreenchile; 05-14-2021 at 03:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skaredshtles View Post
    That Vasquez Creek bullshit is about fucking time.
    I don't disagree but closure is pretty much weak sauce. Those douche bags are just gonna go listen to EDM, pose for the Insta and shit is the bushes somewhere else. Meadow Creek should be next.

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    I hope that doesn't happen Foggy. The access fee removes some of the bullshit, but that area has certainly seen increased visitation.

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    If anyone cares....rampart range road and trails are still closed. Snow hasn't melted out yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    If anyone cares....rampart range road and trails are still closed. Snow hasn't melted out yet
    Did you find that out the hard way?


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    Quote Originally Posted by skaredshtles View Post
    Did you find that out the hard way?

    Yeah I drove to Sedalia and saw the big electronic sign. Then it started pouring rain. Thems the breaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    How many people missed the exit?

    Every time I have skied Silver, there have been groups ahead of me (either left the TH before me or passed me on the climb) that were not back to their cars when I got back to the TH. I'd wager at least 1/3 and probably more miss the exit. They get the exit to the aqueduct, but miss the right turn off the aqueduct.
    Good question! One other group got out ok ahead of us and were having a quick tailgate. But good question on some of the others. We tried to jump the traverse out by 50-100' of vert... that doesnt work either, you hit cliffs. Reminded me of the adage, if there was a good shortcut, it would be the main trail

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