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by Zackbones
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 330
Views: 62593

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Thanks for the interest in the FTs. We went up there on Saturday and it was perfect SW wind and....no frickin' snow. The Bison lake Snotel site claimed a 17inch base and it looked promising from the valley and even driving up. But it's just dirt up there. We drove all the way up to Crane Lake. The r...
by Zackbones
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 330
Views: 62593

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Have any of the Summit folks been to Hoosier Pass recently? I'm wondering about snow coverage and wind-I've never been there. Looks like plenty of wind today and tomorrow but maybe too much?! Is a west wind in this area usually crap? My friend and I are considering hitting Hoosier or The Flat Tops o...
by Zackbones
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 330
Views: 62593

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

This is a photo from the other day at Taylor Pass (Taylor Peak in background) about 12 miles from Aspen Mountain. It is our local backcountry spot (Thanks to Kevin at Upski!) and likes a south or southwest wind that tends to be a bit gusty and ornery. It's an absolutely stunner venue but requires a ...
by Zackbones
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?
Replies: 38
Views: 11386

Re: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?

Thanks for all the information. Much appreciated.
-Zack
by Zackbones
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?
Replies: 38
Views: 11386

Re: Skyline / Strawberry snow conditions?

I would be very appreciative for some forecasting help for Skyline/Strawberry. I've never been to either areas. I have a window of opportunity to hit them this week starting Tuesday. What is best direction? Looks NW on Tuesday. My areas favor a SW and anything else tends to be gusty and pissed off. ...
by Zackbones
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 330
Views: 62593

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

I'd like to take a trip down to the SW zone and check out the Snow Mesa/Lizard Head Pass/Red Mountain Pass etc. areas for a few days. Its nice and warm for camping finally. I'm a little skeptical about snow conditions though. The snow around here have really gone to shit. "Frozen Ocean" conditions u...
by Zackbones
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 330
Views: 62593

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

I'm sure this is a long shot but has anyone kited up near the Opus Hut (Sort of near Ohir)? I've been there before and I remember a lot of open, above tree line terrain. It's an impressive zone for skiing. I'm heading there this weekend and am considering bringing the kites to see if I get lucky. Ch...
by Zackbones
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Lake Dillon Forecast/Forecasting help
Replies: 2
Views: 1218

Lake Dillon Forecast/Forecasting help

I'm new to kiting and come from a paragliding and speed flying background. Figuring out the forecast and deciding whether or not to spend the day driving to a venue seems like one of the hardest parts of snow kiting. I thought I saw a perfect forecast for lake Dillon last week and drove the 1.5 hour...
by Zackbones
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Freshies On the Grand Mesa Colorado
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Freshies On the Grand Mesa Colorado

Correction: GRAND Mesa above Powderhorn
by Zackbones
Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Freshies On the Grand Mesa Colorado
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Freshies On the Grand Mesa Colorado

I went to Snow Mesa yesterday and found good conditions. The snow was soft and with boot top penetration. Winds out of the Southwest and pretty consistent and then steady West at sunset. 12m kite worked great. Really good snow coverage up there compared to the Aspen area.

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