The Off-track Report

The late winter weather has been rough on the snowpack with winds, warm moist air masses, and strengthening sunshine increasing the variability of snow conditions underfoot. Exposed area are showing the inevitable breakable crust that comes with strong sunshine and...

Off-Track Report – BC XC in the WP Valley

Groundhog day, when our fate is cast for the possible beginning of Spring, is just around the corner, and it feels like the winter has only just begun. It would seem that the Snow-making machinery has been shut down for a bit, with no significant snowfall in recent...

Off-track Report Jan. 25th

Having just missed the brunt of the most recent storm to march across Colorado, the local snowpack is starting to show some signs of age. Modest quantities over the last week, totaling16″ at the Alpine resort elevations, have kept the surface fresh, but deeper...

BC XC Report January 19th

The winter sun has started to add a thin crisp patina to south facing aspects as well as in old tracks. The old tracks have micro-aspects that face south, and thus are subject to melting from exposure to direct solar rays, while neighboring snow remains a powdery...

BC XC Update January 17

Surface snow quality is surprisingly consistent in the Fraser Valley, considering the vast variability in temperature and wind that we’ve seen over the progression of the development of the current snowpack. Depths in the Winter Park environs are averaging...

Mid-January Report

There is no shortage of snow in Colorado this January. But the kaleidoscope of conditions continues to add variety within the snowpack. Warmth early in the week brought rain and graupel high up into the Colorado valley, and with colder temperatures following, there is...