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Old 11-27-2012   #1
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Any backcountry near Denver?

Friends and I hope to do some backcountry skiing on 12/8. Does anyone know of a location within 2 hours drive time of Denver that might have some snow?

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Old 11-27-2012   #2
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Loveland/Berthoud Passes? Snow is scarce this season so far..... make sure your up to speed on your avy gear and training before you dive in, likely to be lots of facets at the base this season. Sorry to preach, just be safe.

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Old 11-28-2012   #3
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RMNP is an option but you better do your snow dance and hope for 2 feet of snow.
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Old 11-28-2012   #4
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Saint Mary's glacier. It's not hard but if snow has fallen within 2 hrs of denver it will have some.
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Old 11-28-2012   #5
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Hope for snow. I was up high last weekend and snow was melting. No snow for extended forecast for about two weeks. Lookin dry.
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Old 11-29-2012   #7
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Nemi west, why do you have to be so negative.. The lack of snow got you down? Well you could come visit your friend int he Kansas of Europe and we could head to the Alps.. Say the first week of Feb?
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Old 11-29-2012   #8
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In case you didn't get the memo, winter '12-'13 has been cancelled for Colorado. Better luck next year!
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Old 11-29-2012   #9
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there are good patches of snow high up on the divide. I would also suguest loveland pass or berthoud.

most of the saddles have good coverage. 300 yards at most, but skiable. good luck, and maybe mountain bike as well, I think it is a great dual sport option right now. spring creek rd to 1310' and back to the car. that would kill a day.
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Colorado's snow conditions are bad. Most reservoirs are at or below 40% capacity, most peaks barely have any snow on them and if we don't get a lot soon next summer will be a hoot. Sorry if I sound negative but the situation is negative.

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