Lake Dillon steams in early morning sun
Nights have cooled to as low as 10 degrees below zero, causing the lake, with water at or above 32 degrees (thus over 40 degrees warmer) to steam. Sometimes, a huge cloud of steam hovers above the lake and along the valley bottoms.
“Steam” over Lake Dillon
These cold temperatures keep the snow soft and fluffy, so we’ve had great early season skiing.
Breckenridge has opened the Imperial Bowl, as well as the Contest and Horseshoe Bowls as hike-to terrain. For current Breckenridge terrain status, check this link.
A-Basin has opened a fair number of their expert runs; but the Montezuma Bowl generally opens much later. for A-BAsin terrain reports, check this link.
I’ve skied only at Keystone so far, because it’s closest to my house (and I work there, with my ski conveniently in my locker at the base). My son broke his leg, training race gates, and my dog’s about to have puppies, so I can only leave the house for a few hours daily.
Once the pups are born, and Tristan can get around better on crutches, I’ll be more adventurous in my ski experiences. I can then let everyone know the greatest, latest, cool snow stashes.
Early morning frost on grasses; Lake Dillon in background