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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Hayduke, Apr 24, 2007.
I'm betting we have a bunch of late season snowfall, Feb-April.
That'd be nice.
I'm going to mark my calendar for April 15th, and revisit this then. We should start a pool for how much snowfall we'll receive by then.
It's so pathetic I got my track hung up on a Moose antler shed 2 weeks ago. Time to shut down the indian summer thread?
I am not so worried on fires yet, but I a real worried on my fields. I need X amount of water in the river before I can open the headgate on the ditch. An my water rights are the second most senior. I usually have 2 to 3 ft on the ground. I rode the 450 through the meadows today, just patches of snow.
Our ski conditions up here in Steamboat Springs suck .................. and I've been told that we are about the best in the state just due to the percentage of terrain that we have open. I was told last week that many areas have a limited amount of water that they can use for snowmaking ...... and that Steamboat typically has much more water available for that use than most others. I don't know if that's all true, but it wouldn't surprise me if it is.
I know that the snowmakers sure worked a lot of round the clock days before Christmas, and THAT has probably "saved our bacon" so far.
Our ski hill here tends to cover easier than about any other place that I've been/skied, simply because the terrain is so smooth and we don't have a lot of big rocks, cliff bands, etc. If you're a ski area that has a bunch of 50" rocks .............. you better have 70" of snow.
I rode over to Maybell the other day .............. and it's awfully dry out there. There was no snow on the south facing aspects and not very much on the north facing terrain. Like Norm says, we need some moisture.
On a side note, my wife works at a restaurant up on the hill. She said that she had talked to people that told her there were a lot of employees at other areas in Colorado and the Western US that haven't even started their winter jobs yet. Jobs that were SUPPOSED to have been started before Thanksgiving. Jobs like lift operators, food service employees, ski patrollers, lift mechanics, ski instructors, etc. etc. etc. These dry conditions can sometimes effect more than what we realize.
Plus with all the warm and dry conditions, it's wearing out my Blizzaks too damn fast ...............................
EDIT: Just spoke with Mrs. Road Damage, and she said that there were 3 ski instructors from Aspen ............... that came up and brought their clients with them to ski at Steamboat for the last 3 days! Crazy.
Yeah, this sucks! Folk's looking for a ski season for employment are really suffering.
Tha stag ride has been CANCELLED ! A good time with friends snowmobile riding around Baker peak. ....usually a sled in ride is now accessible by truck....and places like Towgwatee are suffering as well. ...
I'm crying a bit
Edit : it's 40 fuggin * degrees out, should be 10. ...fuck.
We have no snowmaking here (Monarch). I don't know how they've stayed open. Supposed to get 5-8 inches tonight. I pretty much hate snow, but I hope it dumps up there. It's scary dry, for sure.
Down here in Southern NM there is 0%, the Forest Service will be closing off the forest again asap after turkey season mid-May.
Drier than a popcorn fart in a china closet.
Steamboat set a record for snowmaking this year. Not sure if it's total amount of snow made or just a 1 day volume of water pumped up the mountain from the Yampa River intake.
I've been in the mountain pump building when they are moving water up the mountain and it's a sucking beast of a pump system. Not many ski areas have the luxury of a major river right on their door step & the rights to use it.
Hitchcock and I were talking about global weather change. He's very well read on the subject. The long term models predict winter seasons to start later with later than normal spring big dumps.
I think ski areas will react with latter openings (Christmas not Thanksgiving) and stay open later in the spring. Ski areas have been spending big $ for years to diversify and create summer & fall attractions for a reason...they believe in and fully understand how global warming will affect their business model.
In Steamboat I can see the ski area over time focusing on uploading AND downloading to/from mid mountain and not attempt to open the lower mountain till much later.
Toyo Observes tires next time
Do you run a second set of steel winter rims?
And damn you must pay your ski instructor a pretty penny to go with you to another ski area for a few days. That's ultra wealthy right there, but it helps being part of the same ski company.
I can see Steamboat and Aspen now offering more and more multi day ski vacations - a few days in Aspen then a few days in Steamboat.
heading to steamboat tomorrow night, but i've got my own ride up the mountain.
Snowies need snow. Real thin up top, lots of rocks visible.
Bet you could talk a great price on a new snowmobile these days, just have to leave it the crate and Hope for snow next year
Ski Taos has had a whopping 7 inches of snow this "winter".
Maybe a big Albuquerque low will change this.
how about a sled wrapped like a crate?
Sunny and 62 forecast tomorrow. I'm going riding!