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A White Christmas For Rocky!

Snowball fight behind snowmade "forts" at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Snow accumulations are varying greatly depending on the elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park. On the west side of the park there is roughly 6 inches of new snow today at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, with snow still falling. Sunday there was 7.4 inches of new snow and Saturday saw 6 inches of new snow. Kawuneeche Visitor Center is located at 8,720 feet near Grand Lake.

On the east side of the park there was 11.5 inches of new snow early this morning at Bear Lake, elevation 9,475 feet. Hidden Valley (9.240 feet) received over a foot last night. It has been snowing all day above 9,000 feet. Visitors are taking advantage of the fresh snow and enjoying backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and snowplay, including sledding at Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley is the only place sledding is allowed in Rocky Mountain National Park. At this time below 9,000 feet on the east side the snow is just starting to accumulate, all day we have received much moisture with a rain/snow mix. Visitors should expect winter driving conditions in higher elevations in the park.

Webcameras on the park’s website depict three different areas/elevations (two on the east side one on the west side):

Photos from Hidden Valley.

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