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Old 01-06-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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Ski Resort Offers Free Lift Passes to the Entire US for 30 Days - MarketWatch
A bit of a hike but would be worth it. RP
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Crested Butte offers free lift tickets on your birthday
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Perfect. My birthday is in late July.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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Dog....ride the lift as high as it goes, then hike to the summit of Mt Crested Butte.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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Big Sky is also having the exact same thing for Epic pass holders. Ski free through the month of January if you stay at their lodging units, typical marketing move against Vail Resorts.

Anyway, came across some diagrams comparing last winter's snowfall coverage on this date (January 6th) to this year's coverage. Seemed a little misleading since 2010-2011 was a way-above average snow year (over 300% of annual average in some places) and 2011-2012 is a below average year. Opensnow.com then posted this graphic which I believe to be a bit more representative of "average" snowfall across the western United States.



Jazzlover, it has been my observation over the past 3 ski seasons (counting this year) that it either seems to be feast or famine with the Colorado snowpack. One year is a very dry year (2009-2010) followed by a very wet year (2010-2011) followed by another very dry year (2011-2012). Is the normal precipitation patterns for Colorado to have every other year be a dry year followed by a very wet year?
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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Big Sky is also having the exact same thing for Epic pass holders. Ski free through the month of January if you stay at their lodging units, typical marketing move against Vail Resorts.

Anyway, came across some diagrams comparing last winter's snowfall coverage on this date (January 6th) to this year's coverage. Seemed a little misleading since 2010-2011 was a way-above average snow year (over 300% of annual average in some places) and 2011-2012 is a below average year. Opensnow.com then posted this graphic which I believe to be a bit more representative of "average" snowfall across the western United States.



Jazzlover, it has been my observation over the past 3 ski seasons (counting this year) that it either seems to be feast or famine with the Colorado snowpack. One year is a very dry year (2009-2010) followed by a very wet year (2010-2011) followed by another very dry year (2011-2012). Is the normal precipitation patterns for Colorado to have every other year be a dry year followed by a very wet year?
Because of its inland location--far from moisture sources--precipitation in Colorado tends to be highly variable from year-to-year. The southern half of the state seems even more so than the northern half. Back-to-back dry or wet years do occur, but stretches of several years of dry or wet years also occur. As an example of the latter, much of the 1890's and 1930's were abnormally dry, while several consecutive years in the 1980's were fairly wet. We seem, especially in southern Colorado, to be in a dry pattern since around 2001, with a wet year sprinkled in only every so often. That certainly does fit with variations seen over the last century, but it is also a pattern that, disturbingly, fits with global warming theorists' predictions that the Southwest may be getting permanently drier because of global warming. Average winter temperatures have also been in a warming pattern for a number of years, since the early 1990's--especially in the areas of Colorado that are typically very cold.

As I posted earlier, in southwestern Colorado at least, this is the driest early winter that I've seen since the winter of 1976-77, which was one of the driest since records were kept. It's going beyond disturbing to just plain alarming to those of us who are concerned about water supplies for this coming summer and for those who worry about the fire danger come next summer. The weather pattern REALLY needs to change soon, or this coming summer could be a real disaster on numerous fronts in Colorado
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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Here in Grand Junction, the mean temperature for the first 5 days of January is 19 degrees warmer than the first 5 days of January a year ago. Not only does the precipitation vary from year to year as pointed out by jazzlover, so does the temperature.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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Big Sky is also having the exact same thing for Epic pass holders. Ski free through the month of January if you stay at their lodging units, typical marketing move against Vail Resorts.

Anyway, came across some diagrams comparing last winter's snowfall coverage on this date (January 6th) to this year's coverage. Seemed a little misleading since 2010-2011 was a way-above average snow year (over 300% of annual average in some places) and 2011-2012 is a below average year. Opensnow.com then posted this graphic which I believe to be a bit more representative of "average" snowfall across the western United States.



Jazzlover, it has been my observation over the past 3 ski seasons (counting this year) that it either seems to be feast or famine with the Colorado snowpack. One year is a very dry year (2009-2010) followed by a very wet year (2010-2011) followed by another very dry year (2011-2012). Is the normal precipitation patterns for Colorado to have every other year be a dry year followed by a very wet year?
Looks like the Canadian Rockies are catching all the snow this year.

Looking at the long term forecast for February on Accuweather, they are talking about it being dry in Feb as well.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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Looks like the Canadian Rockies are catching all the snow this year.

Looking at the long term forecast for February on Accuweather, they are talking about it being dry in Feb as well.
Very typical for the La Niña weather pattern--the northern Rockies have an abnormally wet winter, the southern Rockies (which, technically, includes all of the Colorado Rockies) an abnormally dry one.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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Although here in northern New Mexico rockies we are having a good snow year.
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