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Seems like it happens every year.  Again, this year which was a rather dismal snow year, the local ski hill got the biggest dump of the season - currently several feet and still snowing.  The rub - the area closed yesterday. :(   Now that's a first world issue.

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Yep, a lot of our ski resorts are about to experience the same first world problem.
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That's what snowshoeing is for...

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That's what snowshoeing is for...

Point taken.  I'll be heading out some time this week for the trails in the Beartooth high country.

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How far you gotta walk to get to the high country? Roads gotta be snowed in aren't they?
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Our current forecast predicts up to 3 feet of snow over a broad area by tomorrow night. I'm all for it.

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How far you gotta walk to get to the high country? Roads gotta be snowed in aren't they?

Actually, the road I have in mind, West Fork of Rock Creek, is plowed for several miles to provide access to homes.  From the barricade it's about a mile and half road walk to the Basin Lakes trailhead which swithchbacks up the side of the Silver Run plateau for about three and half miles.  At that point I'll be well above 9000 ft and at treeline.

But your point is well taken, most trail access around here is severely limited in winter by unplowded roads.  Still, there are places you can go.


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But your point is well taken, most trail access around here is severely limited in winter by unplowded roads.  Still, there are places you can go.

What's the difference between an unplowed road and a trail?   :laugh:
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But your point is well taken, most trail access around here is severely limited in winter by unplowded roads.  Still, there are places you can go.

What's the difference between an unplowed road and a trail?   :laugh:

Well, for one thing, around here unplowed roads are generally pretty well used by snowmobiles which, thankfully, aren't allowed on most actual hiking trails.  Roads also tend to be packed down due to the snow machines (no powder which essentially makes snowshoes unnecessary), wider, much more level and generally much more boring.  Not that I haven't snow shoed or x-country skied roads before but I much prefer trails both summer and winter.

Hope that clears that up. :cool:


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Well, for one thing, around here unplowed roads are generally pretty well used by snowmobiles which, thankfully, aren't allowed on most actual hiking trails.

Ooh, that's not good.  :(

It's not legal to drive snowmobiles on unplowed roads here, but there was a bad snowmobile hit-and-run on a pedestrian a couple years ago.   I avoid anywhere a snowmobile might be.
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Skiing just got harder, that is all. Red Lodge has a handful of dedicated skiers that will be skinning up to climb the hill early in the morning, and enjoying all of that fresh snow without any crowd. I'm enjoying the garden here, but you reminded me of how much I miss spring snow.

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Well, it's going to be 85 here and I'm going to the beach for lunch.
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Our current forecast predicts up to 3 feet of snow over a broad area by tomorrow night. I'm all for it.

Our current forecast says that 90 tomorrow isn't out of the question.  I am NOT happy about this.

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Well, for one thing, around here unplowed roads are generally pretty well used by snowmobiles which, thankfully, aren't allowed on most actual hiking trails.

Ooh, that's not good.  :(

It's not legal to drive snowmobiles on unplowed roads here, but there was a bad snowmobile hit-and-run on a pedestrian a couple years ago.   I avoid anywhere a snowmobile might be.

A lot of our local snowmobile trails just happen to run by little countryside biker bars...


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Most often though they just dump themselves in a not-quite-so-frozen lake during the spring thaw.   :(


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Our current forecast says that 90 tomorrow isn't out of the question.  I am NOT happy about this.

And the weird part is how it got down to 28F this past saturday night out where I was camping.

http://www.accuweather.com/en....2111232


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Point taken.  I'll be heading out some time this week for the trails in the Beartooth high country.

Head west!
I was hiking at 9000' in the Sierra a few days ago.  A few patches of snow here and there, but mostly dirt.
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Point taken.  I'll be heading out some time this week for the trails in the Beartooth high country.

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I was hiking at 9000' in the Sierra a few days ago.  A few patches of snow here and there, but mostly dirt.

That does not sound good.  Is it normal for the area to be so dry this early in the year?  I thought the Sierras got huge dumps this year.

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Most years, the mountains of the southwest usually get a serious snow-dump in mid-April after some melting in March.  Throws those hikers and campers not used to these systems for a loop but they could miss a day or so of work on an overnight.  The big problem is transport, as the road crews have switched to a summer schedule and they weren't going to plow the passes and tight turns during the weekend anyways.

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Skiing just got harder, that is all. Red Lodge has a handful of dedicated skiers that will be skinning up to climb the hill early in the morning, and enjoying all of that fresh snow without any crowd. I'm enjoying the garden here, but you reminded me of how much I miss spring snow.

You're correct there.  I should borrow my son's skins and head up, but man, that's a lot of work  climbing that high for a single run.  Guess my age is beginning to show. :p

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Point taken.  I'll be heading out some time this week for the trails in the Beartooth high country.

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I was hiking at 9000' in the Sierra a few days ago.  A few patches of snow here and there, but mostly dirt.

That does not sound good.  Is it normal for the area to be so dry this early in the year?  I thought the Sierras got huge dumps this year.

We got a fair amount of snow early in the season and then it kind of tapered off.  There is still quite a bit of snow at the higher elevations.  

To answer your question, no it's not normal to be hiking at 9000' in the first week of April.  Usually it would be XC skis or snowshoes.  There was nobody out and not a bug in sight!  Quite nice.
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I'm afraid you're right. :(

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For my area, big snows are common in April. The climate change appears to be the drought and warmer temperatures we've had about 9 out of 10 of the last years. Hard to say for sure.

But April begins our wettest months of the year: April, May, and June.  To not have big snow storms in April would be the big disappointment. Even this storm won't remedy the drought. But mid-way through the storm many locations this morning had over a foot of new snow. The mountains, of course, are getting more than that.

This storm is more like part of a normal April with big snows.


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