When does snow melt in the Rockies?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We were near Lake Louise and the Icefields around early-mid May about 6 years ago and there was some snow. Not sure if there would be enough for skiing/snowboarding because that is usually the end of the season but you never know!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Never.  Haha.  Just kidding.  Snow won’t fall in many places in May or September, but if you can stretch to late October you can catch some up in the mountains if you hike or ski.  You might catch some residual snow in early May.  The ski hills in my area (Idaho) open up around Thanksgiving and I remember one year we went skiing on my birthday, which is in June, so it just depends on the year – usually I think skiing tapers down around April due to snow levels.  But Colorado and Utah might have longer ski seasons if you go up to higher altitudes.  You don’t have to ski if you go to a (most any) ski resort – lots have hotels/restaurants up on the mountain so you have some nice scenery.  Also, lots of resorts have alternatives to skiing/boarding, like tubing and rides!

ETA: I know you said you don’t ski/snowboard but a ski resort is going to be your best option to see any snow if you’re not going during the typical on-season wintertime.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Are you going to do any serious hikes?  The higher up you go, the more likely you’re to see snow.  I’ve gone hiking in the summer, on a nice day where I was wearing shorts, and at the top it’s snowed.  It also depends on what type of snow you want to see.  The stuff on the ground was melted when the flakes were falling in the summer.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@sweetpea87:  do you mean literally in the mountains?  Or near the mountains, like Denver?

IN the mountains, like around Breckenridge or Steamboat Springs, CO, there will be snow on the mountains into June  and beginning again in September (and year-round on mountain tops).

Somewhere like Denver actually has really warm summers, but you can still see snow on the mountains from the city in May/June and mid-September.

I’d say early to mid-May would be your best guarantee!

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