Tag Archives: snowpack

Forest Officials in Wyoming Give Advice on Holiday Camping

MEDICINE BOW FORESTMemorial Day weekend visitors to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB) will find limited low-elevation access for roads, trails and campgrounds. While there are some opportunities to explore and Continue reading

Rafting Industry Expects Normal Season

RAFTINGThe combination of Colorado’s recent late-season snowfall with even more moisture predicted for this week is giving the state’s rafting industry high hopes for a successful season. With April’s snow boosting snowpack across the state and delaying the start of seasonal runoff, the Colorado River Outfitters Association (CROA) is predicting a Continue reading

Steamboat to Impose Water Restrictions Next Month

WATER CONSERVATIONWith the water content in the snowpack at 64% of average and forecasts for a warm spring and dry summer, the four districts that provide water to the Steamboat area – the Mount Werner Water District, the Steamboat District, the Steamboat Two Metro District, and the Tree Haus Metro District – have issued a drought Continue reading

March Ends with no Help for Snowpack

SNOWPACKThe National Weather Service says March was bad for the state’s snowpack. That’s after the snowiest February on record. The dry spell saw the statewide snowpack reduced from 87 percent of average at the end of February to 69 percent as of yesterday. Western water providers and farmers watch mountain snowpack closely in the Continue reading

Avalanche Injures Back Country Skier in Eagle County

AVALANCHE WARNINGAn avalanche yesterday on Pitkin Creek resulted in injuries, but no deaths. Three men were on the mountain when a large avalanche was triggered trapping one and breaking his leg. The victim was Continue reading

Snowpack Better in Western Colorado than Other Areas of the Country

SNOWPACKSnowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates is only a little below normal, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West. Measurement stations in western Colorado showed the snowpack yesterday at 90 percent of the long-term average. By contrast, many Continue reading

Avalanche Advisory Issued for Colorado

AVALANCHE WARNINGThe Colorado Avalanche Information Center is urging mountain visitors to be cautious after up to 40 inches of new snow covered the ground from a series of storms. An avalanche advisory Continue reading

Late Snow Could Mean Safer Avalanche Conditions

SNOWPACKColorado avalanche forecasters say mild temperatures this fall could lead to a more stable snowpack later in the winter. In each of the past two winters, the state has experienced early snowfall followed by longer dry spells. That caused a weak base layer in the snowpack that made slopes vulnerable to large, less predictable, Continue reading

Forest Visitors Warned of Damaged Roads

forest-service-signAs the snowpack rapidly melts and National Forest roads open, the possibility for visitors encountering road damage caused by winter run-off is becoming more likely.  U.S. Forest Service crews are finding damage in a variety of areas and are addressing issues as soon as possible, either fixing the problem or Continue reading

Snowpack Limits Campground Openings for Memorial Day Weekend

forest-service-signLate spring snowpack will limit road access and delay the opening of most developed campgrounds on the Routt National Forest this Memorial Day weekend. While there will still be some opportunities to explore and camp, Forest visitors are reminded to call their local ranger district office to know what is open and accessible.  Campground Continue reading

Fire Experts Expect Northwest Colorado to Have “Normal” Fire Season

fire season smallPredictive Services with the National Interagency Fire Center calculates the wildland fire potential for this fire season to be normal in the Rocky Mountain Area. However, even in normal years Continue reading