Powder in Colorado?

(Last Updated On: February 19, 2018)

It’s no secret. Snow has not exactly been prolific in Colorado this winter, and it has been especially rough in the central and southern parts of the state. Here in Crested Butte, it has largely been the “unwinter” – at least until recently.

Unusually long dry and warm spells in January crushed us, with the end of the month feeling more like spring. Or was it October. Honestly it was hard to tell. Nights where it did not freeze, and we watched our already thin snowpack melt away to nothing.

A day in the backcountry brought us this at lower elevations, in an area that should look like this in May….

It was official. I had given up on winter in Crested Butte. It was time to head north to where the snowpack was at least a bit closer to normal, though most there would say the winter itself was not. It was time to go to Steamboat.

The Steamboat backcountry was shaping up decently.
Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

I found my powder happy face in the Zirkels.
Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

Dead trees make this place feel otherworldly.
Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

But these trees harbor some fantastic skiing. We found a sweet spot that had been protected from the wind. Larry.
Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

Me.
Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

Backcountry skiing in Steamboat, Colorado!

The next day, we had great conditions at Steamboat ski area, heading into the fun Fish Creek canyon zone.
Skiing in Steamboat, CO

While I was gone, it snowed in Crested Butte. And after a couple more bursts of snow back to back, it finally felt like winter had returned. We enjoyed a sleeper powder day out on the Slate River Drainage.
Backcountry skiing in Crested Butte, CO.

Frank.
Backcountry skiing in Crested Butte, CO.

Backcountry skiing in Crested Butte, CO.

It was good.
Backcountry skiing in Crested Butte, CO.

So good we did another lap. Me.
Backcountry skiing in Crested Butte, CO

Backcountry skiing in Crested Butte, CO

Backcountry skiing in Crested Butte, CO

It’s good to have winter back!

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

3 thoughts on “Powder in Colorado?

  • February 21, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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    Hello Brittany,

    Looking at pickup up your guide-book. Do you have info on routes around McClure Pass and Marble, Roaring Fork Valley as well?

    Regards,

    Hunter

  • February 21, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    Hi there Hunter! Thanks for checking out our guidebook. We have one route in Marble, another route on McClure, and a handful of others closer to Aspen! Hope that helps!

  • February 22, 2018 at 9:56 am
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    Great, thanks for the info Brittany!

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