While most people see snowfall as good for skiing, those of us who live, work, and play in the mountains see it as not only good skiing but good livelihood. It is easy for someone who visits here to come and enjoy the great early season skiing we have, then leave and only remember the exceptional skiing.
As a kid, I was obsessed with watching the snowflakes fall in the porch light, and not much has changed. Now I think about not only skiing through those beautiful snowflakes but also standing in a river full of them next summer. With the snow starting to pile up here, we are all thankful for a good ski season, but those of us who rely on snowpack to drive this town year round have an extra special appreciation.
The Gunnison River Basin snowpack is at 134 percent
of normal for this time of year, and we can’t help but think that the rivers and lakes might fill up this summer. Despite the low moisture in the past two years, fishing has been phenomenal but there has been impacts on the fishery that come from low water and fishing pressure. A good snow year will put us right back to normal and keep everything that swims very happy.
If you are still contemplating a good place to ski this winter, come on out and enjoy not only the great skiing in Crested Butte but appreciate what it will do for us in the long run as we continue to live, work, and play in this great place. If you are looking for a world-class fishery this summer, keep your fingers crossed for a big winter, but know that it will be great either way.