Tip of the Month

Cameron Pass Nordic Rangers ski at Zimmerman Lake.















Winter Conditions                                         

Find out what is happening in the high country.  There are several ways to learn if conditions are favorable for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and snowboarding in January and beyond.

  1. For snow depth, try the National Resource Conservation Service website that features a daily updated automated system that records snow depth and other climate data at over 100 remote locations throughout Colorado. 
  2. For elevation specific weather forecasts, access the National Weather Service.  Type in a nearby town and click “Go” to load the forecast. Scroll down and find the area of this page labeled “Click Map For Forecast” to select the specific location and elevation. Remember, the forecast can change drastically as elevation increases so try to select the forecast area for your destination as accurately as possible.
  3. For road status, visit the Road Status webpage and access live cameras using CDOT to view current road conditions.
  4. Check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center for backcountry forecasts.
  5. If you cannot find the information you are looking for online, call an information specialist at one of the five geographic locations or districts, which make up the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.  These specialists monitor conditions and are familiar with local winter sport opportunities. They can assist with trail snow conditions, snowmobiling locations, whether or not a road is open or closed, and wintertime regulations. 


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