Note: This ought to be a live camera shot so it will be dark at night in California some times. Right now it looks like it’s holding a shot from mid-day, so they may have learned that a black picture all night is not very interesting…
I’d wanted to make this posting last week, but time got away from me what with being The Cook for Thanksgiving. So here it is, a bit late to be ‘new news’ to everyone; but still worth noting.
There was a lot of snow in Colorado this fall. In all of the West for that matter. But this is just the start of the snow season. We have a lot more to come.
So how much was there?
From this November 17th article:
(I’ve bolded a few interesting bits ;-)
Snow Pummels Colorado Rockies Giving Skiers and Riders Epic Early Season Conditions
Breckenridge Resort Received More than Two Feet of Snow in the Past 48 Hours
Vail Mountain Opens Friday with More than 1150 Skiable Acres and Nine Lifts
Keystone Resort Opens the Outback Terrain Friday with 604 Skiable Acres
Video and additional photos available at http://public.me.com/vail.resorts
Photo Attached: A skier enjoys 20 inches of powder at Breckenridge Resort. Photo Credit: Vail Resorts
Breckenridge, Colo. – Nov. 17, 2010 –Thanks to the latest winter storm, ski season in Colorado Rockies is off to a record-setting start for resort terrain openings and epic early season skiing and riding conditions at Breckenridge and Keystone Resorts. Twenty inches fell last night at Breckenridge Resort and Keystone Resort received eight inches last night.
Vail Mountain opens Friday with more than 1150 acres and nine lifts on the front side of the mountain. Keystone Resort will also open The Outback terrain Friday—the earliest opening in the resort’s history— giving Keystone a total of 604 skiable acres.
Breckenridge Resort also opened the T-Bar lift on Peak 8 today which goes down in the record books as the earliest opening of the T-Bar in Breckenridge Resort history. Breckenridge also plans to open additional runs and the Rocky Mountain SuperChair on Friday giving the resort over 500 skiable acres. The 6 Chair should also be open by Saturday along with additional terrain.
Beaver Creek Resort opens on Nov. 24 and will be hosting its annual cookie competition. Visit http://www.beavercreekresort.com or http://www.snow.com to find out the latest information on terrain for Beaver Creek’s opening day.
Heavenly Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe are both scheduled to open on November 19. For more information on terrain openings visit http://www.skiheavenly.com or http://www.northstarattahoe.com.
For the last two (Heavenly and Northstar) I have some personal experience. It’s always a bit of a ‘hope and wait’ about Thanksgiving skiing. An on again off again hope that maybe this year we’ll have an opening by Thanksgiving. It’s often been after Thanksgiving that there was snow to ski.
But this year? We’re open in ‘the teens’ of November.
Yeah, that’s a bit ‘special’. And last year we had a very late close. (As I’d posted at the time).
The point? Yeah, it’s a ‘weather is not climate’ moment, but it’s also a “this is not the Global Warming I was promised” moment too.
We’re supposed to be having record heat, loss of snow, later start to winters and earlier summers. What we’ve got is a record early open with snow heavy enough to ski upon, after a very late close of skiing last year. Gee, it seems like it was only last June, just 5 months ago…
Oh wait, it was… And don’t forget that we had snow in the first week of October in California, just not enough to ski. So we’re not that many months of “no snow” each year. Expect those glaciers to start growing a bit more this year…
So that makes it what, July August and September without snow? … In California? … This is “warming”?
Colorado Ski Cam:
St. Moritz Swiss Ski Cam:
Update 27 Nov 2010
In comments, Pascvaks had a pointer to this interesting chart (along with a bunch of others). Notice that the snow mostly ends at the ‘green line’ of the historic range… which is mostly the coastline of the northern area. (Not a lot of snow sticks on the ocean…)
Interesting to me is that, as I post this, the USA is ‘coloring outside the lines’ and the only place that looks significantly low on snow is near the Ukraine / Belarus. I don’t know the update frequency of this map, so it may change at unanticipated times.
Interesting to note that Minsk, Belarus is forecast as 30% chance of precipitation with a high of 24 F / -4 C and a low of 17 F / -8 C so that’s going to be snow…