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post #1251 of 7274 (permalink) Old 10-05-2013, 10:00 AM
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This is not an "awesome" early season. Two years ago we got a bunch of October snow then almost nothing until almost all the resorts closed.

This is too early to tell but sure is fun right now. I decided to take a pass to get things done. If we can get two or three more storms over the next two three weeks. We could very well be having an awesome early season. Got to wait and see. People will definitely have fun in this. Keep in mind too that for some people this is going to be their season. People get injured every year during these first snows and are done. There isn't any base to fall on yet you still can't see what is underneath. Grassy areas are the smart call right now. Like that VP spot. Not everyone is smart.
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It's still been snowing all night. Heading up this morning as soon as everyone wakes up.
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This is just first real accumulation stoke for people. Be safe and smart we have 9 more months of this.

KC is right this is far from Awesome! The record winter 3 years ago I was riding 18 inches of fresh opening day at Breck and by Thanksgiving the whole mountain was open top to bottom.


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Can someone give me a lesson on why you would want this first pre season snow to melt off? Here on the east when we get any snow we pray it stays and blow as much as possible, temps permitting.

Just me guessing but does it have to do with it creating a slick icy base and then when it actually starts to snow, the snow builds on top and is very poppy or avalanche prone??? I like learning these type of things!
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Can someone give me a lesson on why you would want this first pre season snow to melt off? Here on the east when we get any snow we pray it stays and blow as much as possible, temps permitting.

Just me guessing but does it have to do with it creating a slick icy base and then when it actually starts to snow, the snow builds on top and is very poppy or avalanche prone??? I like learning these type of things!
Because if it doesn't and we don't have consistent storms and cold, then it will all turn to facets creating a rotten base and in turn creating a persistent snowpack stability issue.

Early snows are fun, but in reality it's generally best if it held off or everything melts off then winter really gets started say mid-November.
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This snow won't be a problem if it stays consistently snowy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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This snow won't be a problem if it stays consistently snowy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
IF. It won't. It's still early October. The next storm isn't until next Thursday with mountain highs approaching the 50s between now and then. All of this is melting off. Thankfully.
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IF. It won't. It's still early October. The next storm isn't until next Thursday with mountain highs approaching the 50s between now and then. All of this is melting off. Thankfully.
Glass half empty, eh?

I know it's not likely, but I'd rather have a very snowy October than a late November start.

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Actually I'd prefer the late November scenario. It is likely that this October snow is going to fuck the snowpack for the season. Meaning the bc will be sketch as usual. The steep terrain at various resorts will take that much longer to open as a result too. Better seasons start at the end of November. 10-11? Anyone remember that one?
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Didn't it start early in October that year and just keep snowing? Resorts were open nearly 100% by Thanksgiving. Abasin had the earliest opening of Montezuma bowl ever that year.
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