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Old 06-22-2012, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I wonder if we're going to see some year-round snowfields get nuked?

With the incredibly shitty snowpack this winter combined with unreal heat this summer, I wonder if we're going to see some year-round snowfields disappear here in CO?
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As long as st mary's glacier stays I'm good ... then again I'd like 4th of july bowl to stick around Speaking of witch I'm probably headin up to st mary's tomorrow if anyone from the denver/mtn area is down. Going to build a jump or 2 and practice some 360's for next season (just got comfortable with fs and bs 180's last season lol)

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Pretty sure St. Mary's melted out in '02. This is like '02 all over again. Poor snowpack year followed by a brutally hot and dry summer. I was living up in Estes that summer and we were on pre-evacuation notice due to the Big Elk Fire. That was also the year of the Hayman Fire.
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Yep, the High Park Fire is now officially the 2cd largest wildfire in CO history and is over 80k acres. It's the most damaging in terms of houses lost with close to 200.

One sparked off in Estes Park today too when a house fire jumped to nearby terrain. Only 20 acres or so, but 21 houses up in smoke.

There's a pretty good one burning down toward CO Springs too. It's up to over 2k acres now.
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St Mary's has melted out off and on since the 90's. Pretty sure Ptarmigan will still be around in the park. It will be melted out higher than normal of course, which actually makes for some dangerous riding. If you lose it and can't arrest, rocks await you on steep slope. A few people have met their maker this way in the last 2-3 years and those were good seasons.

This is a very bad fire year. Probably the worst I've seen. The Hayman year ('02) was tinderbox dry. Strike a match in a wrong spot and you have a 10k acre fire. This year is worse. I don't see much in the way of moisture hitting until the Monsoon at best. Chances are it's going to not be a very moisture laden one.

The good news? Every single dry summer I have seen out here has led to an above average winter that follows. Wet summers = dry winters and dry summers = snowy winters. We got some nasty shit to get through, but hold on to your hats, it's going to be fun in a few more months.

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The good news? Every single dry summer I have seen out here has led to an above average winter that follows. Wet summers = dry winters and dry summers = snowy winters. We got some nasty shit to get through, but hold on to your hats, it's going to be fun in a few more months.
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As long as st mary's glacier stays I'm good ... then again I'd like 4th of july bowl to stick around Speaking of witch I'm probably headin up to st mary's tomorrow
How was glacier looking? .....I've been meaning to go hike over and see how it was doing. Head over to James while i'm there
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How was glacier looking? .....I've been meaning to go hike over and see how it was doing. Head over to James while i'm there
I've had blisters on my heels from hiking so much lately and not wearing the right socks/cream, but today could be the day I finally make it up there I'll post back with a picture or two If I do. I live in an apartment though and I'm trying to find a spot to take the summer wax off my rock board on second thought I could always scrape it up there if the ice doesn't take it off first.

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I wish I had the power to send all this Fing moisture in the PNW down to CO, we realllly don't need it, the grass is 4 feet high already .
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So I finally made it up there today. Didn't get any new pictures since I have soo many from St Mary's as it is. Only got two runs in before the storms came in and ran me off. The snow was great not to icy not to slushy, sorta like spring skiing around 3p.m. at a resort. There was tons of bumps but thats to be expected. My dog came with (shiba inu) and everyone got a kick out of her running down the slope after me. Melting wise I would say its looking a little smaller then usual, it looks how it would at the end of July most years but its still rideable for sure, I don't know what August will look like, although I'm sure it won't completely melt out.


Basically looked like this but a little less (30-40feet?) of snow at the bottom. This was taken November/December last year with my shitty camera



One guy asked after he saw me at the bottom "Is it safer down here or something" because there was thunder super close to us (Thats why I was at the bottom, getting ready to book) I told him "Nah its not safe anywhere with lightning but especially not on the glacier because its made of water and water conducts electricity, so If your standing at the bottom and lightning strike the top you could still be electrocuted" He sorta had a baffled look on his face like this was news. Also a group of two chicks was hiking to the top and I heard one of them say "Should we turn back" then the other "No we'll get to the top and see what the weather looks like" then about 2-3 minutes later on my way down I hear a loud Cr@cKkK... thunder must have hit less then a mile away. xD

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So I finally made it up there today. Didn't get any new pictures since I have soo many from St Mary's as it is. Only got two runs in before the storms came in and ran me off. The snow was great not to icy not to slushy, sorta like spring skiing around 3p.m. at a resort. There was tons of bumps but thats to be expected. My dog came with (shiba inu) and everyone got a kick out of her running down the slope after me. Melting wise I would say its looking a little smaller then usual, it looks how it would at the end of July most years but its still rideable for sure, I don't know what August will look like, although I'm sure it won't completely melt out.


Basically looked like this but a little less (30-40feet?) of snow at the bottom. This was taken November/December last year with my shitty camera



One guy asked after he saw me at the bottom "Is it safer down here or something" because there was thunder super close to us (Thats why I was at the bottom, getting ready to book) I told him "Nah its not safe anywhere with lightning but especially not on the glacier because its made of water and water conducts electricity, so If your standing at the bottom and lightning strike the top you could still be electrocuted" He sorta had a baffled look on his face like this was news. Also a group of two chicks was hiking to the top and I heard one of them say "Should we turn back" then the other "No we'll get to the top and see what the weather looks like" then about 2-3 minutes later on my way down I hear a loud Cr@cKkK... thunder must have hit less then a mile away. xD
haha yea lightning is no joke above treeline. Thanks for the update I may head up this weekend. Any rails or boxes up there this year? I remember dragging a steel rail up there for the day lol what a pain in the ass that was.
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