Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Telluride Ice Conditions Winter 2006

3-2-06: Temps were in the upper 50's and it did not freez last night. This does not look good for ice conditions. NOAA's forcast for Friday

3-3-06: 20% of chance of snow, high is 39 degrees (F), cooling in the evening, only to heat up through the weekend. I will make an update to this next week.

3-5-05: Well, the temps here were in the 50's (over that in the sun). A good friend of mine, Ben Clark, went out to climb at the Ames Falls and reported the climb was a dripping mess. Unless we get some cold temps several days in a row there may not be a recovery for the Ice in and around Telluride. Over all rating is poor-on the way to nonexistant.

3-8-06: Temps cooled off last night and as of 8:00am there was about 7 inches of new snow in the Telluride Area (and there is no sign of it slowing). Not sure if this will help the ice conditions, but the skiing conditions are improved (for a few days). Snow and cooler temps are in the forcast for rest of this week.

3-12-06: The Telluride area has had more than 30 inches of new snow (and it snowed last night for some time). The ice has improved some in that time. Cooler temps and no sun over the past several days has stopped rapped retreat of ice. In fact, new ice has accumulated on some routes. Overall conditions are still Poor, but are heading up the scale twards Moderate. The skiing in the Area is the best it has been all year!

3-15-06: Temps were warm on Tuesday the 14th, melting a lot of ice (anything in the sun). My good friend Charlie had this to say about the ice conditions "We went to Ames Falls yesterday morning [12th] and did a bunch of laps. The ice was cold but brittle and junky from too many warm days". Last night temps were warm (it did not freez at 9000'). Today will bring more warm temps. Ice conditions are still Poor in the Telluride area and are heading fast towards "hang up your ice tools, break out your cams".

3-22-06: The Ice has grown a bit (see new photos). Over all conditions are still Poor. This week, temps have been cool and the area has seen some cloud cover. Heading out to the desert this weekend.