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October 97 Snowstorm

Postby FlyGirl » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:08 am

One of the hot topics I see being reported today with today's storm is the October 97 snowstorm. So far, in my area the accumulation doesn't compare to what we got in 97 but it isn't over yet.
It is however one of my favorite weekends to recall! We had a bachelorette event at Cottonwood Hot Springs that particular weekend and even some hiking planned as at that point I do remember we were still hiking to some decent elevations. We were only going to do something like Hartenstein lake or Browns Pass because we had 3 girls from . . . uh, Texas with us and we knew they wouldn't be acclimated for anything higher. After picking up the girls at the C/S airport we started up Hwy 24 and picked up the rest of the crew in Woodland Park at which snow was starting to come down. By the time our caravan got to Wilkerson Pass I was white-knuckling it and had to have someone else take over driving duty. It was shortly after that we heard Wilkerson Pass had been shut down. It took us another couple of hours to get to the hotel. Other than home, I can think of no other place I would rather be snowed in at. I also remember that snowstorm being somewhat of a surprise but between 9 girls we had enough food and booze for the other people snowed in and the staff at Cottonwood Hot Springs made huge pots of soup for us. We tried trudging through the snow to get a bit of a work out the next few days since we all had hiking on our minds but most of the time we spent soaking and doing snow rolls! What a fun weekend!

So where were you during the October 97 snowstorm?
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Postby Scott P » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:15 am

So where were you during the October 97 snowstorm?


I lived in Salt Lake where the storm wasn't big in 97. The big October snow year there was in 1984 when 20-30 inches fell on the 17-18.

Some of the east side schools close, but my school did not. Getting the schools to close over there is much tougher for some reason.

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Postby TK » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:24 am

My high school was having their homecoming dance during the '97 storm. My friends fixed me up with a date I didn't like, and because of the storm I didn't have to go! Instead, I broke out the snowshoes and broke trail on the roads around my neighborhood in Littleton for days on end! Best date I never had.

The best snow-shoeing I ever had was after the '97 storm, and after the 2002 storm. There were drifts high enough I could get up on the roofs of local buildings in my snowshoes!
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Postby Hawbs » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:01 pm

I was living in Summit County and wondering why we didn't get more snow.

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Postby Andy » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:29 pm

I was at school in Fort Collins. That storm must not have been very big up here because I don't remember it.

The only big storm I can remember since I was a little kid was the March storm in '03. During that one I got three snow days in a row! It caved in the roof of our local King Soopers though, so for a couple of months afterwards getting groceries was kinda inconvenient.
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Postby highaltmama » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:36 pm

In the blizzard of 2002 or 2003 (can't remember the year?), we got 54" of snow, lost power and couldn't leave our house for 3 days :D . We had to make special trails in the snow so that our dogs and other animals could even go anywhere without disappearing! The large pine trees around our home (30 or 40 feet tall) were bending so bad that it was scary :shock: .

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Re: October 97 Snowstorm

Postby rijaca » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:36 pm

luckylabgirl wrote:One of the hot topics I see being reported today with today's storm is the October 97 snowstorm. So far, in my area the accumulation doesn't compare to what we got in 97 but it isn't over yet.
It is however one of my favorite weekends to recall! We had a bachelorette event at Cottonwood Hot Springs that particular weekend and even some hiking planned as at that point I do remember we were still hiking to some decent elevations. We were only going to do something like Hartenstein lake or Browns Pass because we had 3 girls from . . . uh, Texas with us and we knew they wouldn't be acclimated for anything higher. After picking up the girls at the C/S airport we started up Hwy 24 and picked up the rest of the crew in Woodland Park at which snow was starting to come down. By the time our caravan got to Wilkerson Pass I was white-knuckling it and had to have someone else take over driving duty. It was shortly after that we heard Wilkerson Pass had been shut down. It took us another couple of hours to get to the hotel. Other than home, I can think of no other place I would rather be snowed in at. I also remember that snowstorm being somewhat of a surprise but between 9 girls we had enough food and booze for the other people snowed in and the staff at Cottonwood Hot Springs made huge pots of soup for us. We tried trudging through the snow to get a bit of a work out the next few days since we all had hiking on our minds but most of the time we spent soaking and doing snow rolls! What a fun weekend!

So where were you during the October 97 snowstorm?




"Denver's Snowstorm Total Snowfall Statistics

Greatest Snowfall From One Storm: 45.7 inches December 1-6, 1913 (with 37.6 inches
recorded between December 4-5th 1913)

The Top 12 Denver Snowstorms since 1946: 31.8 inches Mar 18, 2003
30.4 inches Nov 03, 1946
23.8 inches Dec 24, 1982
21.9 inches Oct 25, 1997
21.5 inches Nov 27, 1983
21.2 inches Nov 19, 1991
18.7 inches Mar 05, 1983
17.7 inches Nov 19, 1979
17.3 inches Apr 01, 1957
16.9 inches Mar 20, 1952
16.0 inches Oct 03, 1969
15.8 inches Apr 26, 1972"

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Postby mtnmaniac » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:55 pm

I was a freshman in college in Seward, NE. They got around 28 inches or more in about 24 hours if I remember right. The leaves were barely done changing, and the heavy snow combined with the freeze, broke several huge branches on trees that hadn't dropped their sap for winter yet. One about 12 inches in diameter took out our dorm roof. There were a couple guys on our team that hadn't ever seen snow and were jumping around in it like puppies, with brand new winter coats wearing shorts. Also, during a snowball fight I missed my target and nailed the dorm door beyond the target. It shattered the wired glass. We tried to blame it on a fallen branch by dragging it over. Only problem was the dorm RA was involved in the snowball fight and saw the whole thing happen. That was a freakin expensive window. Had to drink really really cheap beer for a few months. Now I live 1.5 hours south of Taos, NM and am super stoked for the upcoming el nino ski season. Usually I have to get the A-basin bonus pass. Nothing against CO, but why drive 7 hours to a crowded resort, when sacred Taos is right here with no lines and unequalled lift-accessed terrain.

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Re: October 97 Snowstorm

Postby jfox » Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:04 pm

luckylabgirl wrote:So where were you during the October 97 snowstorm?


Quantico, VA
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Re: October 97 Snowstorm

Postby Andy » Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:34 pm

rijaca wrote:
"Denver's Snowstorm Total Snowfall Statistics

Greatest Snowfall From One Storm: 45.7 inches December 1-6, 1913 (with 37.6 inches
recorded between December 4-5th 1913)

The Top 12 Denver Snowstorms since 1946: 31.8 inches Mar 18, 2003
30.4 inches Nov 03, 1946
23.8 inches Dec 24, 1982
21.9 inches Oct 25, 1997
21.5 inches Nov 27, 1983
21.2 inches Nov 19, 1991
18.7 inches Mar 05, 1983
17.7 inches Nov 19, 1979
17.3 inches Apr 01, 1957
16.9 inches Mar 20, 1952
16.0 inches Oct 03, 1969
15.8 inches Apr 26, 1972"


I remember those storms from '82 and '83. My parents have photos of me standing outside our house in the Denver 'burbs where the drifts are way over my head. Good times.
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Re: October 97 Snowstorm

Postby CorduroyCalves » Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:45 pm

jfox8541 wrote:
luckylabgirl wrote:So where were you during the October 97 snowstorm?


Quantico, VA
USMC


Were you in OCS?

I wasn't out here for the '97 storm, but I was here for '03. I remember making the trek to Jerusalem Resturaunt and finding that they were open! I had three days off from school, and our spring vacation started two days after. Good times!

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Postby 14ers4me » Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:59 pm

During that storm in 97 i was living in Woodland Park. I think we revieved a total of around 36" of snow.
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