Aspen snowpack soars over eight days
Ryan Summerlin February 7, 2014
What a difference a week made.
The Aspen area’s snowpack was already at or above average early Jan. 30. Now the snowpack is soaring after a 3-foot storm over three days last week and a steady diet of snow ever since.
Here are the comparisons at the automated Snotel sites in the Roaring Fork River Basin maintained by the Natural Resources Conservation Service:
The snowpack at the Independence Pass site east of Aspen went from 113 percent of average on Jan. 30 to 123 percent of average as of 10 a.m. Friday.
The Fryingpan Valley was the big winner from the storm. Snow at lower elevations was below average until then.
The Nast Lake site went from below average at 93 percent on Jan. 30 to 129 percent Friday. The Kiln site went from 103 percent of average on Jan. 30 to 128 percent Friday. The Ivanhoe site, at 10,400 feet in elevation, shot up from 116 percent of average on Jan. 30 to 147 percent of average Friday.
The storms haven’t been quite as bountiful for the Crystal Valley. The North Lost Trail site near Marble measured a snowpack only 89 percent of average on Jan. 30. That climbed above average to 104 percent Friday. McClure Pass was at only 94 percent of average in late January but now stands at 114 percent. Schofield Pass went from 99 to 115 percent.
The Roaring Fork River Basin overall snowpack sat at 101 percent of normal on Jan. 30 after a long sunny, dry stretch. That had skyrocketed to 120 percent as of Friday morning.
The average snowpack for the state soared from 95 percent of average on Jan. 27 to 109 percent on Feb. 1, the Vail Daily reported.