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~ Chris Tomer ~I’ve been working on quantifying the melt-out dates for Summer hi…

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I’ve been working on quantifying the melt-out dates for Summer hikers/climbers/bikers for the last couple days. Keep in mind these are “most likely dates” based on statistics at particular elevations. It’s sourced from NRCS SNOTEL data. Additional storm systems could delay these projections. And, there will certainly be pockets of deep snow in couloirs, higher elevations, and shaded areas beyond these dates so take traction and pack accordingly.
*Next 45 days:
The best data suggests “Below Normal Temperatures in CO and Above Normal Precipitation”. This would delay melting.
**Planning Ahead:
Memorial Day Weekend: Plan on deep snowpack in most zones at mid and high elevations.
July 4 Weekend: Pockets of deep snowpack lingering at mid and high elevations mixed with complete melt-out in spots. May still need traction.
***Note: “Melt-out” does not mean 100% free of visual snow every where you look. It refers to these NRCS SNOTEL automated sensors being free of snow. We’ll have visual snow well into July.

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On Sunday night, a team of our biologists worked late into the night catching ba…

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On Sunday night, a team of our biologists worked late into the night catching bats as part of ongoing research to survey the mammals’ health and look for White Nose Syndrome.

They erected fine mist nets—some 24 feet tall and 32 feet wide—across a small drainage, then set up a creekside laboratory where they weighed, measured, swabbed and examined for signs of deadly fungus, with only headlamps for light.











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13 Waterfalls to Hike to This Spring

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13 Waterfalls to Hike to This Spring

As the snow melts, you’re probably getting the itch to go hiking again. But snow melting also means one great thing for hikes — waterfalls are in full force. From some of the more famous wate…

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Ready to hit the high country? You might have to wait a month

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Ready to hit the high country? You might have to wait a month

Memorial Day weekend usually marks the start of summer adventure in Colorado, but this year is different due to late-season snow.

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