Summit Daily Column #9 Corn snow, freeze-thaw and other vitals for Colorado backcountry skiing in spring 4/7/17

Route Finder: Corn snow, freeze-thaw and other vitals for Colorado backcountry skiing in spring

My favorite time of year has returned once again. This year, spring in Summit County and across Colorado arrived a little earlier than usual. This should come as no surprise, since the whole season has been unusual. We had a late start in November, enormous avy hazard in December, and then the onslaught that was January, followed by a February thaw and mild March. Nothing should come as a surprise this year, though it is shocking to get up high on local peaks so early in the spring.

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