Normally temperatures at resort elevations this time of year drop into the teens and 20s every night. This season, only a few light frosts have tinged the valleys, leaving the slopes bare and dry.
We all know what a blanket of fresh snow is supposed to look like, but for the last 10 years, the snows falling in parts of the Colorado Rockies have been far from virgin white and fluffy.
Juggling Colorado's already stretched water resources is going to get even tougher in the decades ahead.
We may not yet know exactly how global warming will affect all the complex parts of Rocky Mountain ecosystems, but it’s not for lack of trying.
It would be hard to do a climate change journey without visiting the cryosphere, that part of the Earth's surface which is frozen all the time. The biggest slices are at the poles, but the rest is in the high mountains.
We are amped to start our Rocky Mountain climate reporting trek with a visit to the high San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.