Monday, December 17, 2007

Colorado Backcountry: The Wolfie

Big storms bring out the heavy snow removal equipment. CDOT makes back country access possible. Snow mounds from plowing the parking lots were well over two stories high.
After a balmy and dry early season, winter weather systems finally deliver deep snow to Colorado. The Southern part of the state was hit HUGE. Wolf Creek Ski Area, near South Fork Colorado reported 99 inches of new snow in a seven-day period. Mid-mountain settled base depths up there are now reported at 117 inches.
The icing on the cake for us backcountry powder hounds came with mild temperatures that have stabilized snowpack in most of the area. With the avalanche danger LOW last weekend on all aspects and at all elevations, we attack and enjoy the deep stable goodness. A double layer of icing or maybe the whip cream was added with bluebird skies, sunshine and plenty of visibility, a stark contrast to the conditions we have been getting in the central Rockies lately.

The goods.
Sunny side softened up nicely with the heat of the day.

Mo and Nessy near Wolf Creek Pass.

D-Brown, a free heeling hippie.

Gravy, a knuckle dragger.

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