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    Damn Colorado Weather

    Damn Colorado Weather. I've lived in Colorado most of my life so you'd think I know better. I left the house for a quick ride today after work. When I left, it was sunny with just a few clouds that didn't look threatening at all. Twenty minutes into my ride, got dumped on with rain/hail. With the helmet, the hail really didn't hurt or anything, just really annoying to ride in. Oh well, I still had fun! It was the first real mud I got for the season

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    Suck it up, Princess.

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    I enjoyed the mud!

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    me too

    This Princess had to abort the ride tonight.

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    this princess rode MW, DR south, waiting out the 15 minutes of storm clouds, back up Zorro, DR north and down to the car. Giddyup. I love bad weather.

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    I hate the forecasters. They said the weather was going to be crap and so I didn't even get the bike out. Then it turns out to be a perfect day to ride. Damn weather guessers.

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    was on the bike at 6p and did the loops and climbs at Falcon with no rain at all on the trail. it appears that Morrison got hammered though. Best part of riding up there, you can see where the rain is going.

    The Parmalee trail has a couple of places with some serious mud and runoff issues. I will say that 98% of the trails up there are in great shape.

    tomorrow might be a whole different story.
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    I stayed inside and hid because of the tornado warnings.

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    Must be a different Colorado.. it was beautiful in Evergreen this afternoon

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    Some of us Divas

    rode at Betasso between storms this evening -- perfect weather and great fun!
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    Nice!

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    One thing about CO weather you CAN count on.

    "it'll either clear up, or clear up to your arse"
    Seen it both ways many times.

    That's what I don't like about fenderless bikes!!

    Cute pics though!

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    Classic!
    I think I know the one in the middle in white. Cant be for sure though.

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    We're still trying to stretch out winter up here! Hoping for about 3 or 4 more good weekends on the snow! Sounds like today is gonna cooperate with us a bit. 6+" of fresh, going riding Thursday afternoon!
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    How about we take the "let it burn approach" with the rotting cesspool of the Denver metro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yetigirl
    rode at Betasso between storms this evening -- perfect weather and great fun!

    Awesome ride and fun to get to ride with a Pro from Giant! Good times!
    Ride Fast, Take Chances!

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    Some some really close lightning on the top of NTM, otherwise the LBG and I had a great ride/hike/something or other... !

    The older I get, the faster I was.





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    I'm really fortunate - the weather doesn't affect me in the least since I have NO time to ride.

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    What's the best weather for the Front Range?
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEKSTOY
    I hate the forecasters. They said the weather was going to be crap and so I didn't even get the bike out. Then it turns out to be a perfect day to ride. Damn weather guessers.
    You could always form your own opinion, instead of believing everything the media tells you, ya know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yetigirl
    rode at Betasso between storms this evening -- perfect weather and great fun!

    Well girls. If you got it flaunt it, butt stripes and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    Well girls. If you got it flaunt it, butt stripes and all.
    Hey - how's the snow in Breck? Is summer likely to ever come this year?

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    Yeah, Doesn't hurt me, I'm still healing up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Hey - how's the snow in Breck? Is summer likely to ever come this year?
    Snow just slowed down a minute ago, been snowing pretty heavy for a little while.

    Not accumulating on anything but the old snow here just above breck.


    oh, to answer the 2nd question... no. We had it scheduled for early may, but it's too late now. Get ready for fall.
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    How about we take the "let it burn approach" with the rotting cesspool of the Denver metro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryislife
    Snow just slowed down a minute ago, been snowing pretty heavy for a little while.

    Not accumulating on anything but the old snow here just above breck.


    oh, to answer the 2nd question... no. We had it scheduled for early may, but it's too late now. Get ready for fall.
    Bring the skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Hey - how's the snow in Breck? Is summer likely to ever come this year?
    Actually, due to the sub par snowpack this year, the melt out is pretty much on schedule. A lot of the lower elevation stuff is just a few good sunny warm days away from being snow free. (NOT the same as dry, but one step at a time). It's supposed to warm up and dry out a bit starting tomorrow/Fri and through the beginning of next week so I'd expect to see things moving along within the range of what can be called "normal"

    As to skiing, the new snow has covered up the dust for now. That's good in that it will keep the snow from getting sun cupped so fast. It hasn't really been true corn yet. With the cloud cover it hasn't been real cold at night. The upper snowpack has been saturated with maybe a little bit of powder on top until the sun pops out which quickly turns it to glop which doesn't quite freeze hard like you'd like to see. From an avalanche point of view, I don't trust it as much as i would normally trust a mid May snow pack. The dust layer(s) is definitely a weakness too. There's been good skiing, but I'm not totally sure it's ready to really push the boldest of lines, at least not with my level of acceptance of risk.

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    The dust is still almost 2 feet down where I ride!

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    from sunday.

    Dumping here now, monster flakes (and considering the general flakiness of summit county... that's saying a lot!)


    Agree with zrm 100% about the snowpack stability though, less stable than I'd like for the big stuff. Saw two slides this weekend.
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    Yeah, I was out at Hall yesterday afternoon and got rained on pretty good with a little bit of hail. It made for a pretty good ride since the trail didn't get too muddy in most spots. The lightening wasn't too sketchy so I kept riding. I love the back loop going CW! It's by far my favorite part of the trail. You can get the best flow going. Aside from my neck pains it was good. The rock garden was hell on my neck at the end so that sucked. grrr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    What's the best weather for the Front Range?
    Can we start a thread on this topic and make it a sticky? Seriously, there are so many people coming from out of town that want to know what the weather will be like next month. It's like, "Bring a fleece and some shorts."

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    It's only May, it's no where near Spring yet

    I've been riding the trails here since '73.

    I've seen it snow in Ft Collins in June.

    I've also seen every trail in the state shut down from July till Sept because of extreme drought/ fire danger.

    I'll take the snow/ rain.

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    beautiful in the woods this evening out of the wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Hey - how's the snow in Breck? Is summer likely to ever come this year?
    Today was nasty up here. Off and on blizzard with sun, rain, sleet mixed in. As for the trails, they're coming along. I rode Carter park switchbacks up to hermit placer, over to the lower, middle, and part of the upper flumes. They were all dry for the most part. A couple of snowy spots here and there.
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    Green Mountain was totally dry -- windy, but dry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrasher
    Yeah, I was out at Hall yesterday afternoon. I love the back loop going CW!.
    Here here, one of the best sections around

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    Walker... excellent yesterday

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryislife

    less stable than I'd like for the big stuff.
    When is it not?

    Cool vids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    When is it not?
    Usually by late April.

    Stupid snow...


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    Powderhorn Valley July '61 we had 5" that ruined the hay crew's 4th BBQ
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    Summit County..dry as a bone down low!

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    Sooo... how is that Peaks Trail looking in that there SuCo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop the Seat
    Sooo... how is that Peaks Trail looking in that there SuCo?
    I imagine still very wet, that trail takes forever to dry out. I might go check it out today, but I might just go up Tiger road and ride Blair Witch, because I know thats dry.
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    I drove by (on vacation from NJ) and saw a black saab out in the lot. Looked like fresh bike trails. If so post up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop the Seat
    Sooo... how is that Peaks Trail looking in that there SuCo?
    Rode Blair Witch, and it was totally dry. Some sections of the Colorado Trail leading up to it were a little wet, but not bad. I checked out the Peaks trail afterwards, and definitely a no go. It's still really wet (literally a river in some spots), and lots of snow. I only rode in maybe 1/2 mile (and by rode, I mean walked most of the way) and turned around. It's going to be at least a few weeks before it's rideable. Here's some pics of it.
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    Peaks trail is always one of the last to dry out. If you want to check up on a trail status, it's usually bette to leave your bike behind and walk. Dike tracks in wet muddy trails, especially during run off is bad for our image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    Peaks trail is always one of the last to dry out. If you want to check up on a trail status, it's usually bette to leave your bike behind and walk. Dike tracks in wet muddy trails, especially during run off is bad for our image.
    Thanks for the update Big Ben. As you can read in my post, I said I walked most of it. I'd rather walk in with my bike, just in case there are some rideable sections, which there were. Would never do anything to hurt "our" image either. Here's a pic of one of the dry parts.
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