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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Is this a GREAT Season for CO?

I was cruising the snow reports today - CA, CO, WY, MT and ID. Looks like Colorado (Loveland and Wolf Creek) has the only resorts that are open at the moment... even before any in Utah. Does this make for a really good snow season in CO? Or will we just have to wait and see?

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its ALWAYS a good season in CO haha. i heard of a resort before the two you mentioned, that opened in late september, but i dont believe it was in CO. i dont remember where it was, but i saw on the weather channel that a resort was open already and i was like what the hell, i wish i lived there. haha

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Las Vegask Ski & Snowboard Resort technically opened about 30 minutes prior to Wolf Creek. But they only opened for one weekend, and are closed until Thanksgiving, I think.

Mount Hood/Timberline is open. They are always open, except for 1-2 weeks in September when they close to do routine maintenance on their facilities.

Killington (VT) opened for this weekend. I hear Sunday River (ME) was also open. Tyrol Basin (WI) was open with a white-ribbon-of-death yesterday and some jibs for anyone willing to hike, but I think they got the tow rope running, too.

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Colorado always opens before Utah resorts. Higher elevations means that you can start snowmaking before just about anyone. The places that open early have base areas at 10k feet. In Utah, their resorts max out at 10k feet. Not even sure if they get that high. Utah will most likely get more snow over the season than Colorado. It's just the way it works. There have been rare seasons where Colorado gets more snow than Utah. Last time was in the mid to late 90's. I don't believe that happened anytime in the past decade. Like I said, rare. The seasons for either state end at roughly around the same time.

As far as Colorado goes, we are definitely off to a good start. I did a backcountry tour in Butler Gulch off of Jones pass yesterday. Found close to 30" of pow back there. Didn't strike anything at or below treeline. Of course a couple of the jokers I was with just had to get into the alpine. Hit a ton of rocks there until I got back to treeline. Then it was all powdery goodness. Storms are starting the line up big time so it's looking like early season could be going off. Hopefully we avoid the long dry spells that can happen in any season anywhere. A repeat of last season would be just fine with me. As it was probably the best one I've seen in over 20 years out here.
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Abasin is also open.. Keystone opens this Friday and Breck next Friday. A low pressure system is moving in this week and looks like they could get about another foot by next weekend.

Really hoping for another strong La Nina like last year.
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As far as Colorado goes, we are definitely off to a good start.... Storms are starting the line up big time so it's looking like early season could be going off. Hopefully we avoid the long dry spells that can happen in any season anywhere. A repeat of last season would be just fine with me. As it was probably the best one I've seen in over 20 years out here.
+1 - here's to wishing for an exceptional year from start to finish .

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Heavenly is opening 11/18, not too shabby.
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All the people that I work with keep telling me not to hold my breath wishing for another year like last year. lol I am still trying to be as optimistic as possible and this early season snow is starting to make think a repeat of last year is possible. Realistically, I think it is way too early to tell how the rest of the season will pan out snow wise but I am keeping my fingers crossed.
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We won't know how the season is going to pan out until May. Hopefully we'll be saying good things. My last powder day was something like May 21st last year.

A repeat of last season was one for the record books. I believe Berthoud may have cleared the 600" mark. Loveland came within a few inches of 600 for the season. If they had of stayed open a week longer they would have.

The La Nina effect isn't as strong this year, so that alone probably means we won't have as much snow. That doesn't mean a whole lot. Colorado gets snow in drips and drabs. The best season is when those drips and drabs are spread out evenly. A six inch storm often rides like 2 feet because it's been snowing 2-6" a day for the previous week. Fluff on top of fluff. That is how it works here.
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It's impossible to tell.

people need to stop speculating.

i swear to god if i hear "LA NINA IS BACK" one more time I am going to snap.



but seriously. don't jinx it.
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