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Old 06-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so for my winter break i'm contemplating doing up colorado for a snowboard trip and would like to get some information from you guys. with that said, i guess the first question would be

1. is late december to early for snow @ snowmass/aspen area?
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Late December is early for anywhere in the US. Actually, pretty much anywhere period. Last year it was abysmal conditions wise. The season previous to that, most of the resorts were nearly 100% open if not 100% open at that time with great conditions. So it will vary by year. Last season was one of the worst ever, the season previous to that was maybe the best ever. This upcoming season will most likely be somewhere between the two.

Nothing is a sure bet, you'll have to roll the dice. Aspen is a great town and you can have a lot of fun there even if the conditions are not great.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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in late dec. PNW is probably your best bet


just don't look to the last 2-3 years to prove it
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Yeah, the PNW certainly can be pretty good around then. That time always seems to be on the cusp when you guys go from amazing snow to suddenly getting a stretch of rain. I am personally sold on planning March trips out that way. Seems like every year March is just $$$ in the PNW. Probably no place better to go at that time of year imo...
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oh yea, late feb/all of march is pretty much a guarantee. it used to be that any time after thanksgiving it was just on.

that start/stop crap with a month of rain all thru December has really only been the last few years, and i'm really hoping it was a bit of an anomaly. i know we are experiencing global warming on the planet, but if it is going to express itself as that severe of a change in perpetuity we'll all be dead in 20 years

December is usually cold enough to snow throughout the month, but sometimes not as much precip as we'd like. the rain that was the last couple/few years is not the historical norm.
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Well, rain has always been a bit more of an issue in the PNW. It is also the reason why the snow pack can be so god damn deeeeeeep! I have a Stevens Pass Resort shirt I bought while on my trip from last year. I believe it says something like Stevens Pass 4,081 ft. Everyone out here laughs because our passes or generally over 11k feet. Then I show them the pics of the ridiculously deep snow pack and they ask me when I am going out again...
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thanks for all the information guys! perhaps this trip may be postponed since i'm coming all the way from cali & want a sure thing
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You should have a good idea by mid-November how the early season is looking. As Kill said, 2 seasons ago we were riding deep blower powder in November and it never stopped. Last year it snowed once in October, tricking the resorts into opening, then it didn't snow again until one time in March or something

Tho generally similar, Aspen is far enough out west to have conditions that will vary from the Front Range, Summit County or the Durango area.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nothing is a sure thing. You can make good bets. Even then you can come up snake eyes. Overall, March is a much better month to plan a ski trip than December. Snow packs are near their max depth, and it is usually the snowiest month for all ski areas.
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Any local hotels or places in Snowmass to stay at that doesn't cost too much $$$?
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