A year of abundant snowpack bodes well for ag producers in the coming season.
And, as the snow has piled up atop the Grand Mesa, recreational users of the local winter playground have taken advantage of the bounty as well.
Grand Mesa Resort at Island Lake reports it has had a total 307.3 inches of snow from October through February. That calculates to right at 25 and a half feet. The seasonal average is 35 feet with March and April -- traditionally the biggest snow yielding months -- yet to come.
There are still six and a half feet of snow on the ground, as of last weekend and it has been getting new cover dustings of an inch or so regularly.
"The snow is great, and we are hoping for more," reported resort managers last weekend.
For those more interested in snow courses and moisture equivalent content, recent SNOTEL readings were posted for the Park Reservoir site: 27 inches of snow water equivalent and 79 inches of snow depth.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.