Looking for SNOW updates

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Looking for SNOW updates

Postby semitrueskerm » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:23 pm

Current conditions or pics, anyone? I'm still debating coming up to climb tomorrow (Sunday).
How is it out there? Sawatch? Mosquitos? Elks? San Juans? SdCs?
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Re: Looking for SNOW updates

Postby TravelingMatt » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:32 pm

I wrote this in the other thread...

At 9100 feet I woke up to a very slight dusting of snow on grassy and dirt surfaces. Seems like it was mostly rainy mix at this elevation. The precip stopped a few hours ago down here. Looking at the nearby mountains, which encompass the Front, Gore and Tensquitos, the snow cover starts around 10,000 and there is substantial coverage above treeline in all directions. Sometimes one range gets snow and another doesn't, but from what I see everyone got it. High peaks are still mostly in the clouds.
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Re: Looking for SNOW updates

Postby jdorje » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:47 pm

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Re: Looking for SNOW updates

Postby MuchosPixels » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:47 pm

Im not in Colorado at the moment but I have been monitoring weather stations and webcams and my take is that it was mostly a rain event with some wraparound light snow down to most ski area bases or just above. BUT, it seems quite a few fourteeners got HEAVY snow above 13,000 ft during the wet part of the storm. I would venture out to say that Longs past the Keyhole is in full on winter conditions. And that goes for most fourteeners all across the state with maybe the Exception being the San Juans but they already had snow from prior storms.

But given the wet weather and the recent drop in temps im sure that even routes that look to have little snow will have quite a bit of ice.
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Postby MatB » Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:35 pm

Was up at Crater Lake today. Hiked a bit beyond that and there was about 2-4 inches around tree line.
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Postby zephyr_pelicante » Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:51 pm

I just got a call from my friends on challenger point today. They got to 13500' and turned around because of the snow and they had all the proper winter gear and were decently experienced with winter hiking.

Sunday may be better. Better forecast but all that snow is still up there I'm sure.
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Postby FrmrFlatlander » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:24 pm

Loveland Pass this afternoon:
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Re: Looking for SNOW updates

Postby Snowgirl » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:10 pm

MatB wrote:Was up at Crater Lake today. Hiked a bit beyond that and there was about 2-4 inches around tree line.


Similarly, I was also up in the Rollins Pass area, but we went to Forest Lakes to scope out some areas for BC skiing later this winter. Here's a pic of Taiga playing in the snow, I'd say that when we were heading down (10:30 or so) it was pushing four inches in the higher elevations, although it was getting moved around a bit by gusting winds.

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Postby gonzalj » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:41 am

Here's a few images from this morning. Got out for a bit and it was cold & a little windy here in the tenmile range. There wasn't a lot of snow (nice dusting that I didn't have to deal with any postholing on, but I never made it above 12K, so can only speculate on what it's like at the higher elevations).
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Postby Alan Arnette » Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:38 pm

Longs, Meekers, Mt. Lady Washington as seen from Twin Sisters on Sunday morning, October 14
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Postby zdero1 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:52 pm

Hiked to treeline and Harvard/Columbia standard route. A dusting of snow around 10,600' with about 1-2" snow around 11,500'. Turned back after I tweaked my ankle and not due to weather. Unable to see Harvard due to cloud cover but looking up the West Slopes route of Columbia really didn't observe much snow on the route. The peak appeared to be really brown, for what that's worth. N. Cottonwood Creek TH completely snow free.
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Re: Looking for SNOW updates

Postby dpage » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:48 pm

Minimal snow along the Mt St Vrain trail to Meadow Mtn. Mostly along the northern slopes. Plenty of bare rock and trail to 11,600 in the SE Corner of RMNP/NE IPW.
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