Shocking new snowpack study.
So I stumbled across a snowpack study this winter, with some shocking results.
Exibit A: During the end of December 16-Jan 2017, I was in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado river, during which time much of the western united states received record quantity's of snow fall, which to some degree continued for a while afterward. Snowfall in some areas ( like fraser colorado) did taper off considerably afterward, but snowpack is still some of the best it has been in years, with some typically dry basins actually running!
It has been scientifically proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, that sending me down the Grand Canyon every winter actually improves western snowpack! There is also some evidence that an early spring, or late fall trip would help out with snow during some key times of the season. It is also possible that a GCNP alteration of the "one trip per year rule" specifically for shoulder seasons, could be of some help, with critical early and late season moisture.