Oct 30

Marblecam is UP for 2015-2016

Took some work but we’ve got the Marblecam working again. Last night and today is the second real snowfall of this year at HQ elevation of 9,000 feet. The last snowfall did not stick, this one will perhaps stay on north shaded areas at this elevation, and more accumulation at higher elevations.

We’ll experiment with different camera views over coming weeks.

Click here for Marblecam, or use menus above.

Oct 18

Autumn 2015 — The Dry and the Wet

Coming off a few weeks of beautiful but dry indian summer in Marble… finally got some low pressure systems stacked up and spinning through. Today, drizzling rain at WildSnow Field HQ, with snowline predicted to stay high at around 11,000 feet over coming days.

We are expecting a “normal” winter with more El Nino moisture south of us in the San Juans, based on predictions from weather consultants. But those guys have little better than around 50/50 odds of their predictions coming true this far out, so you never know.

Main thing here in Marble is simply this: If we get an “average” winter we receive enough moisture for a snowpack that bridges early and develops little depth hoar. Tricky part, even if the winter has average moisture, is if the snowline stays high into November we sometimes receive very little snow below the summit of Marble Peak, and if that situation involves skipping the snow accumulation from a few larger early storms, we can be playing snowpack catchup till spring corn season.

So watch the weather and hope by the end of October into November we get cold-moist storms that drop plentiful snow down to around 9,000 feet (level of the Quarry Road). That’s the ideal situation, IF regular storms continue marching through to build the snowpack before the November “ground layers” turn to sugar snow. Always interesting to watch, if not agonizing.

Sep 22

Winter Kickoff Schedule 2015/2016 — Carbondale & Marble Colorado Ski Touring

A few things happening in the mountain communities near the Elk Range in Colorado.

9/22 Slow Groovin BBQ, Whole Hawg Night. A whole hog for hawgs. Hot bikes, cold drinks, great Q, a few skiers will probably show up.

9/30 Slow Groovin BBQ, Bells Brewing Company Dinner. Black market beer trucked in from Michigan. Not available anywhere else in Colorado. Call to make reservations.

10/3 Marble Fall Fest, starts at noon. Bands, brews, food fest.

10/15 Cripple Creek Backcountry season opening party in Carbondale. Catered by Slow Groovin BBQ

3rd week in October, Roaring Fork Beer Dinner at Slow Groovin. Call for exact date and to make reservations.

Jun 11

Summer 2015 — Road Improvements

Hi all, we’ll shut things down here for the summer, other than this post to remind you the Quarry guys will be working on the shelf road periodically, all summer. They recently repaired the hazardous erosion at Shale Cut. The road will be chloride treated to control dust, as well as covered with a layer of crushed marble roadbase. If you’re headed up for summer recreation, bear in mind you may be delayed by the work.

Chloride application has to be done when the road is dry, so there is no advanced schedule. If you do find yourself up there when they’re applying chloride we advise not driving the road. Doing so will slime your vehicle as well as rutting out the soft road surface.

Concrete retaining walls at Shale Bluffs, installed spring of 2015.

Concrete retaining walls at Shale Cut on Quarry Road, installed spring of 2015.

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