This is EXCITING! After one huge October dump, Colorado’s western slope is getting hammered again. This happening when we usually have weeks of dry Indian Summer weather. As well as providing some of the earliest powder skiing on record, what’s incredible about these two storms is they’ve created a tight base of somewhat dense snow that may prevent the formation of Colorado’s usual avalanche causing TG layer. If so, and if we have an average winter from now on, look for Colorado to provide some of the biggest lines ever! A while ago I blogged the non PC idea that if global warming is happening, it could actually make it snow more because warmer air tends to produce more precip. Writing anything positive about climate change could get me exiled, but I can’t help being an optimist when it comes to snow for backcountry skiing!
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.