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Old 03-09-2009   #1
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Snowpack and spring boatin

Just wonderin how the winters been treating the mountains, hopefully i can spend the first 1-2 weeks in CO paddling.
Any guesses yet,
Front range stuff
Crested butte

i know its waaayy too early but i got CO paddlin on my mind

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Old 03-09-2009   #2
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When are you talking about coming? if in june than most stuff should be going, if in the next one to two weeks then you will have very few things to run.

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Old 03-10-2009   #3
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Sorry i missed that one important piece of info.
1st & 2nd week of June. Really hoping to hit the front range first, maybe crested butte and whatever we can hit along the way and maybe finish up in durango
all very tentative at this point, we'll end up going with the flow.
just wonderin what the snow scene is so far and how likely that order will play out
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Old 03-10-2009   #4
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Snowpack is in general about average to a bit below average. First two weeks of June should be good timing, and front range, crested butte, and durango should all have good boating during that time. Your order should work well. I'm planning a similar type trip from Denver, and thats what I've lined up. We have recently had some dry and warm conditions that have hurt the snowpack a bit. Continued warm and dry could leave us with below average pack, so what happens in march/april will determine how good things are come June. Regardless there will be good water during that time though.

SNOTEL Basin Time Series Snowpack Summary Graphs | Colorado NRCS

This link shows snowpack % of average for each basin.
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Old 03-10-2009   #5
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As of today, March 10th, my combined Animas and San Juan basin snowpack is at 102% of average, last year on this date it was 148% of average.

The inflow forecast for the Animas at Durango is 103% of the 30 year average and has been dropping each forecast since mid January

The inflow forecast for Vallecito is 105% of the 30 year average.
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