March 2, 2012
Despite unseasonably warm temperatures the ice here at the Park remains in good condition. A mild rain yesterday morning turned to snow as the first climbers arrived at the park. It continued to snow most of the day and then gradually tapered off in the afternoon. With high’s in the upper 40’s and low temperatures at night barely below freezing we have found it difficult to make ice in the past few weeks. Early and mid-season we was a big ice production time, but most importantly, a very solid base of ice that we can now rely on to help us get through this warm spell. Many guests are reporting are experiencing what we like to call “hero” ice in all areas of the park. The “hero” ice makes for solid sticks for your crampons and tools giving some people more confidence when climbing and the ability to get on steeper and longer routes without pumping out from overswinging. We have a few closures on the north end of the park. The Stump wall has been closed completely. We still have acres and acres of good terrain that is accessible and fun! Visit Ouray and experience some spring-like climbing. For those of you who find the Park to be a little too crowded during the early and mid-season, you will be pleased to find smaller crowds and excellent conditions now. Have an Ice Day!
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Back-country Ice Conditions
For the latest on back-country ice conditions around Ouray, check out this link from San Juan Mountain Guides: Back-country Ice