Snowpack level going up, up, up
December 5, 2005
No wonder the skiing was so good last weekend.The snowpack in the Roaring Fork River basin climbed from 1 percent above average Nov. 30 to 28 percent above average as of Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Heavy snow fell frequently from Friday night through Sunday.The Crystal River Valley also benefited from the weekend storm. The snowpack at Schofield Pass shot up from only 80 percent of average on the last day of November to 1 percent above average. At McClure Pass, the snowpack increased from 90 percent of average to 18 percent above.The change was most dramatic at the NRCS’s computerized snow measuring site at North Lost Trail, near Marble. The snowpack there was only 59 percent of average last week. Now it’s at 95 percent of the 30-year average established from 1971 through 2000.The storm also pushed up snowpack levels in the Fryingpan Valley, which were already above average to way above average. At Ivanhoe, the snowpack went from 56 percent above average to 88 percent above average. The Kiln site went from 19 percent to 58 percent above average. Nast Lake went from average to 78 percent above average.The snowpack at the 10,600-foot elevation of Independence Pass remained more than 30 percent above average for this time of year.More snow was forecast for the Aspen area today and Wednesday.