April 7, 2017
2:30 PM Update:
Skies are beginning to clear off and quickly. US 441 reopened at noon, but that could certainly change over night depending on the thawing and refreezing of so much snow. Our current temperature is 24 and the snow stopped falling around daybreak. The winds are still hanging around.
We were excited about seeing the llamas make the climb today unscathed and undeterred. All those hoof prints beating down the snow should make the ascent up Trillium Gap easier for folks.
It's still a bit chilly on the mountain, so please continue to pack warm layers until spring returns. Once this snow begins to melt, count on trails being soggier than they usually are. Enjoy the winter blast if you choose to get out in the woods. We can only hope it's our last until the fall, but snow can make appearances well into May on this rock.
6:30 AM Update:
What a fine morning to be inside a warm kitchen making breakfast! Our high yesterday was only 28 and we dipped to 19 around 6:00 AM. It's currently 20 degrees. Winds have remained strong and the drifting is constant. Based on the law of averages, we're pegging our measurable snowfall at 8", with drifts putting that figure much less or up to a foot+ in places around camp. We'll see how much longer these conditions persist.
US 441 remains closed, but Cherokee Orchard is still open to vehicles and hikers. We don't know if the weather conditions will delay the reopening of Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Again, we are encouraging folks to use Rainbow Falls today as means of travel to and from the mountain. It is extremely helpful to know which guests have made it to the lodge and those who are still out on the trail.
We will continue to provide regular updates throughout the day. Take care!
4/7/2017 07:37:27 am
Thanks for the updates. Some beautiful pictures of God's white blanket will undoubtedly be taken by crew and hikers.
Amy T. Brill
4/7/2017 02:01:52 pm
Assuming 441 is open tomorrow (4-8) and we want to hike to the lodge via Alum Cave trail, who should we contact to let them know we are on the trail?
4/7/2017 03:18:27 pm
Beautiful weather up there! As I write this, I'll bet JP is on his way there right now to make snow angels and bedevil the famous "Bob Kitty"!!
4/7/2017 07:29:00 pm
I love the way the llamas look toward the camera
Bella Ballantine-Kaplan (& sisters)
4/7/2017 07:55:13 pm
Hi. We are excited to come stay at the lodge on Wednesday night. We have been reading your posts each day and are a little happy that we missed all the snow. But it does look beautiful. We are coming Wednesday with 2 parents and 5 kids. We look forward to meeting you all. Thanks!
4/8/2017 07:58:56 am
Thanks for a wonderful stay on that snowy, windy night! Kudos to you and all the crew for making it a memory of a lifetime! We appreciated the special treat at breakfast since there were so few guests. The hike in on Boulevard and out on Alum were fabulous! Getting to break those trails in new snow only added to the fun. It was worth having our ill-fated opening week reservation cancelled to get to experience it in this way!!
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