Colorado’s snow season is starting off strong. These satellite photos tell the story.

    There’s good reason to believe it will be a solid snow year in Colorado Jesse Paul@jesseapaul The Colorado Sun —   Colorado’s snow season is starting off strong, giving the state’s drought-parched agricultural industry high hopes for a quenching runoff come spring. “Definitely been a good start here,” said Russell Danielson, a meteorologist … Continue reading Colorado’s snow season is starting off strong. These satellite photos tell the story.

snow dance/roll

MERRIT KENNEDY Washington, D.C., got its first snowfall of the season this week. And at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, at least one animal was really, really excited about it. It’s Friday, and we could probably all use this video of a young giant panda named Bei Bei just having the best time. The three-year-old male somersaults … Continue reading snow dance/roll

The Rocky Mountains Have A Dust Problem ~ ‘especially the SW mountains of Colorado’ NPR

Jeff Derry, director of the Colorado-based Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, digs a snow pit at the Swamp Angel monitoring site in the San Juan Mountains. Luke Runyon/KUNC   A menace lurks beneath the snow high up in the southern Rocky Mountains: Dust. Lots and lots of dust. This dust speeds up spring water … Continue reading The Rocky Mountains Have A Dust Problem ~ ‘especially the SW mountains of Colorado’ NPR

Kiitellä Medals: Aspen Snowmass Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering

This Saturday: 24 Miles. 10K Vertical Rise. Pure FUN for the hard-core… The annual Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering race at Aspen Snowmass. And shiny Kiitellä medals await the podium finishers. Note—first place medals pay tribute to the classic ski pole basket with a welded metal ring and riveted leather loops. Kiitellä’s process includes … Continue reading Kiitellä Medals: Aspen Snowmass Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering

Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost ~ NPR

Snow-making has been called a Band-Aid to the bigger problem of warming temperatures. Patrik Duda / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm   In the height of ski season this year, blades of grass and patches of dirt still dot cross country ski trails in Aspen, Colo. Conditions like this present a conundrum for professional skiers: Their livelihood relies … Continue reading Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost ~ NPR

‘Another view of the San Juan snowpack’ rōbert ~ Scarce San Juan snowpack is not unprecedented, but that doesn’t make it “normal” ~ Jonathan Thompson, editor at High Country News

“For the first time in fourteen years, San Juan County celebrated Christmas and New Year’s days without any snow on her streets, and with very little snow within the county.” That was the front-page news a century ago this month for the Silverton Standard newspaper in the high San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. This January, … Continue reading ‘Another view of the San Juan snowpack’ rōbert ~ Scarce San Juan snowpack is not unprecedented, but that doesn’t make it “normal” ~ Jonathan Thompson, editor at High Country News

Snowmass Grand Prix is an important stop on the road to 2018 Winter Olympics

~~~ The medals handed out at this week’s Toyota U.S. Grand Prix were designed by Ridgway artist Lisa Issenberg, who designed the medals for last year’s FIS World Cup Finals in Aspen and other events. For the Grand Prix, Issenberg said she used a mix of handcrafted and industrial techniques and no two medals are … Continue reading Snowmass Grand Prix is an important stop on the road to 2018 Winter Olympics

Campaign Donations Link Ski Industry Leaders to Climate Change Deniers

Some in ski industry are actively supporting congressmen and women responsible for blocking climate change legislation November 03, 2016 By Porter Fox ~ Powder ~~~~ The future of skiing can be summed up like this: The planet is warming; snow melts when it is warm. And state and federal climate change legislation—that keeps billions of … Continue reading Campaign Donations Link Ski Industry Leaders to Climate Change Deniers

Sierra Nevada Snow Won’t End California’s Thirst ~ This story applies to the Colorado Rockies too….

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Thanks in part to El Niño, snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is greater than it has been in years. With the winter snowfall season winding down, California officials said that the pack peaked two weeks ago at 87 percent of the long-term average. That’s far better than last year, when … Continue reading Sierra Nevada Snow Won’t End California’s Thirst ~ This story applies to the Colorado Rockies too….

San Juan Wind/Dust Event 2-17/18-16

Well the southwest deserts were stripped of their surface yesterday/last night and a thick coat of dust was redeposited in the San Juan Mountains by this morning….     another problem to worry about.  Hourly wind speed averages varied from 30 to 70 mph for 11 hrs with a peak gust of 119 mph at … Continue reading San Juan Wind/Dust Event 2-17/18-16