Here comes the sun!

Friday, March 15

After a week of vicious weather, the bomb cylcone has blown away and sunny skies are back.
Aaron worked on machine packing again today. He also shoveled snow on Dorothy’s View and trimmed overhanging branches. As the snow gets deeper the trees get shorter!

Enjoy a sunny weekend on the West Elk trails!

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Machine packed
  • Kay’s Loop
    Machine packed
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Machine packed
  • East Cutoff
    Machine packed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Untracked powder
  • James’s Loop
    Untracked powder — unstable snow pack

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Major snow event!

Friday, March 8

Another snow packed day on the West Elk trails. Six inches of new snow fell overnight with an additional 3 to 4 inches throughout the day. And it’s still coming down! Up to a foot or more expected this weekend.

Aaron Mattix machine packed trails today. He cleared the downfall on Eric’s Loop and trimmed branches along Eric’s and Kay’s Loops.

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Machine packed
  • Kay’s Loop
    Machine packed
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Machine packed
  • East Cutoff
    Machine packed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Machine packed
  • James’s Loop
    Untracked powder — unstable snow pack

Avalanche Danger High

Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) statement:

Historic avalanches continued to release Thursday. The peak of EXTREME danger (Level 5 of 5) has passed, but this just means we are back at very dangerous conditions, HIGH (Level 4 of 5). Avalanche warnings continue for the Front Range, Steamboat and Flat Tops, Vail and Summit County, Sawatch, Aspen, Gunnison, Grand Mesa. The size of avalanches we are seeing are epic. More forest-clearing avalanches released Thursday from Copper Mountain, to Fremont Pass, to down near Leadville. Others ran in the West Elks and near Twin Lakes. This is scary stuff. Avalanches are running bigger than many have us have seen in our careers. Please stay safe out there. This is not the time to try and outsmart Mother Nature.

The current avalanche warning includes the Flat Tops. Keep on the marked groomed trails on West Elk to avoid exposure. The snow pack on James’ Loop is likely unstable in some sections. Please avoid or use extreme caution. Stay safe out there!

For the latest avalanche updates check out Colorado Avalanche Information Center on Facebook and the web.

 

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Friday, February 8

Aaron Mattix shoveled Dorothy’s view and machine packed trails today.

Then he got a great start on grooming — until the Ginzugroomer got stuck. Oops!

A team will head up on Saturday to dig it out.

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Groomed
  • Kay’s Loop
    Groomed
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Groomed
  • East Cutoff
    Groomed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Machine packed
  • James’s Loop
    Untracked powder

Jessa James and Hank were loving having Hwy 819 all to themselves.

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