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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:20 am 
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Snowing and sometimes blowing BP was overtaken by splitters! I saw pretty much every setup out right now, and some other interesting setups. It was the first time I saw more splitters than skiers. The snow was really good, as SG said it was sluffing the new or blown in but it actually felt as though there was a nicewell bonded base underneath. N, NE aspects rode the best, W,NW not as good. I need to dig more pits but it seems as thought we are getting a nice bond going on for the north facing stuff. I was trying to move some small pockets and I wasn't getting much reaction if any. It was getting super windy when I left so that will play a big part for my next day out. They are saying 40 + mph on most passes so it will move and load again.

its nice to hear we as a whole state are off to a pretty good start!


soon it will be less talk more pictures. !

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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:43 pm 
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Hey fellow Coloradoans, I'm back home for Christmas and was hoping to get some beta on the RMNP area. I was hoping to take the kids up for some sledding at hidden valley and some splitting for my wife and I. What's the snowpack like up in the area? I imagine that there is enough for sledding but enough for splitting? Here at my parents house near Berthoud (city not the pass) at 6000ft there is absolutely nothing but I know it is still early season.

Anybody got some info? Haven't been there since I was a kid.


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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:49 am 
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I recently spoke with Eli (climbing life guide) who is a long time resident in the park and he mentioned the current base is around 3 ft on average. RMNP has a ton of talus rock and dirty terrain under that snow so I would wait to get out there for at least a couple more storms. He said dead elk and dragons tail are about 3/4 in but the apron below those isn't that deep, again super rocky in the park! you mentioned riding hidden valley and eli did mention this spot was actually doing better than normal for this time of year so I would say that might be worth a look and should work ok as a sled hill, and go higher up you could probably get some good turns. That area is a hotspot for locals early season so im sure there has been some skier compaction.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:44 am 
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hope every one is enjoying the holidays and getting some good turns in!

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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:05 am 
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Did you guys see this? Tombstone Ridge above Hidden Valley.

http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2987315022001

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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:33 am 
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Was that a recent video? It seemed there was barely any snow up there when I went on Saturday. I didn't go nearly as high as this guy in the video did though.


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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:42 pm 
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Wow. That's large, and lucky to not be taken. He rode a good high line to get out. I don't know what or where that is, but from the video it seems like a pretty large slope for this time of year. And I assume he was solo as well?


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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
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http://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/obs/obs_report.php?&obs_id=21305

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=estes+park&ll=40.385913,-105.656977&spn=0.052759,0.077162&hnear=Estes+Park,+Larimer,+Colorado&gl=us&t=p&z=14

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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:20 am 
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He did stay on the proper side of the slope but he basically ski cut that wind buff.. in the last couple of days I have been paying special attention to smaller convex rolls, the weight hanging over that roll in almost like a cornice that you cant see. When you load it, it stresses. lets play safe out there people and for Christ sake please-- RIDE WITH OTHER PEOPLE-


every time I go out I see solo riders taking big risks- :nononno: :scratch:

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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
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Stay alert out there people! Head on a swivel as they say.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:03 am 
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Got up to Caribou/Anchor Mine yesterday to clear my head, and have a look at how it's filling in there. Coverage is surprisingly good, looks like it was heavily skied on 1/1, but wind had filled in most tracks and was building. Conditions were ok in the trees (leeward side), and hard wind slab in the open (not so good riding conditions).

In other news, a big frigging east facing slope ripped out on the way up to Jones Pass. Couldn't tell from the report if it ran over the access road or not.
http://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/obs/o ... s_id=21515

Lot's of new snow in the forecast for the weekend, be avy safe!


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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:56 pm 
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No snow really in the forecast here, so nothing great to report. But finally got my computer working to unload some pictures. Heres some from the last week.

Python, 12/27, Snow was little firm at the complete top, but then little crust below, but pretty good overall. The dogs were the fastest that day. Wylie caught his owner skatebananas in about 5 seconds after this. :shock:
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Old picture but good. 1st tour of my buddies year. Broke both approach skis in 3rd. Got a splitboard the week after.
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 Post subject: Re: 2013-2014 snow conditions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:46 pm 
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Holy smokes it dumped! :headbang: And I was pissed to have to ride the resort with Wifey... :oops:


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