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Vail Pass area snow report

Postby Scott P » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:53 am

We have a reservation for Chucks Cabin November 30-December 1 and were climbing Shrine Mountain and the Wingle Ridge. When booked, it was expected to be a snowshoe, but I assume that there's not much snow around in the area?
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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby Dave B » Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:05 am

only 3" at 10,300 on Vail Mountain
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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby Bean » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:07 am

You can cache the snowshoes at home for this one.

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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby MuchosPixels » Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:30 pm

I would not worry about snow in that area at all. Be prepared for changing conditions in regards to temperature and wind though.

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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby RoanMtnMan » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:39 pm

Packing list: Trail shoes and lots of sunscreen.

I can report that the trail running is great up there right now and the forecast is calling for continued melting of the few remaining snow patches.
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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby Duffus Kentucky Climber » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:44 pm

Is it starting to look like March is the new January?
It looks like the ridge is just right up there!

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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby TravelingMatt » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:59 pm

Duffus Kentucky Climber wrote:Is it starting to look like March is the new January?


More like December is the new July.
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby YonderMountain » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:02 am

Any updates? Specifically Vail Pass to Uneva Peak? Thanks! :-D

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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby PaliKona » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:49 am

Bean wrote:You can cache the snowshoes at home for this one.


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Re: Vail Pass area snow report

Postby davebobk47 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:12 am

I did Uneva about a week ago and it hasn't snowed since. Other than gaitors I didn't use anything else (microspikes, snowshoes, etc). The trail is well packed down lower then I caught a slope with a bit of a south aspect - the snow was 0-3 inches on the slope. You might be able to find a drift or two but for the most part you won't see anything more than about 6 inches.
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