First Snow with More to Come! Plan Winter Now
The first snow of the year fell with the last weather system. It seemed to be a little greater on the east peaks as shown in the photo. From Quartz Ridge down to Blackhead and Nipple peaks the mountains were beautiful. The first snow creates a mild anxiety in many locals. Its a good thing being a desire to polish skis, restring snow shoes, shine up snowmobiles or make ready for any other of snow related sports and activities.
Now is a good time to begin planning for snow fun in Pagosa. If visitors want to try our winter wonderland decide now if you want a quiet peaceful time or a more exciting ski town atmosphere. Most of the season is wonderfully laidback while the weeks of Christmas and New Years can be busy, if not chaotic. If you want that ski town glamour plan way ahead and reserve accommodations.
Along with the great San Juan Range with hundreds of miles of snow trails to downtown Pagosa Springs with its own winter recreation, it is hard to beat this area for pure winter pleasure. Here is a sample.
This photo by Jacque Aragon.
Pagosa has a very active Nordic Ski Club that keeps several major trails open and smooth as an interstate at times. It is due to the hard work of several volunteers operating various grooming machines.
For many years the grooming was done with large utility grade snowmobiles and various drags to smooth and pack the snow. Recently a major step forward was accomplished when the Nordic Club took possession of a much larger, professional grade, snow cat grooming machine shown in the accompanying photograph.
The Wolf Creek Trailblazers also operate a big groomer making wide snowmobile trails across the area. Snowmobiles, along with other types of non licensed vehicles are registered in Colorado and the money charged is returned to clubs to purchase machines.