With a good, steady snowpack, skiing at an Aspen ski hill in the summer months is a pretty safe activity.
But what happens when it starts to freeze?
The answer lies in the way the snow melts.
When the snowpack melts, water in the form of glaciers and ice forms beneath it.
As the snow freezes, it can pull up the water in these glaciers and release a large volume of ice.
It’s the type of ice that’s usually found in rivers and lakes.
“When it’s a little bit warmer, there’s more water, which allows the ice to move up to the surface and break off from the surface,” said Andrew Smith, a glaciologist at the University of Wyoming.
“But the more ice that builds up, the more the snow can’t melt,” he added.
“When there’s lots of ice on the surface, it’s not just a little piece of ice sticking out.
It can actually be quite large.
So you’re going to have to really slow down and watch out.”
This is why the snow that’s falling in the Rockies and Rockies ski resorts is typically not as big of an issue.
“If the surface is wet, it doesn’t melt at all,” said Smith.
In a perfect world, the snow would melt off the mountain in one fell swoop.
But for the past several decades, snow has been accumulating in the mountains as the planet warms.
Since the 1970s, when scientists began monitoring the glaciers, there has been a steady decline in the amount of snow that falls in the mountain.
“As the climate warms, glaciers are losing mass,” said Jason Dorn, a meteorologist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
“And as they do, the ice begins to melt, which melts off the snow.”
When the snow falls, the water that’s below it condenses into ice and forms a lake.
However, as the lake freezes, the lake doesn’t freeze, and so the water continues to condense and form a larger lake, which causes more snow to fall.
“What you get when the lake melts is more snow, and more snow is falling,” said Dorn.
“In the summertime, it has an effect on the glacier.
It also causes the lake to melt more quickly, so the snow piles up.”
The amount of ice and snow on the mountains surface is often very large, but the amount is usually small, Smith said.
When this happens, the glacier is pushed back up to its original position and the lake is released.
The ice layer has a different structure.
As it freezes, ice expands, forming larger glaciers and lakes that eventually break off and form ice mountains.
The amount and shape of the lake changes over time.
Smith said the size and shape changes as the snow builds up.
“As it freezes more and more, it starts creating more and bigger ice,” he said.
This is how ice crystals form in an avalanche.
The longer it takes for the ice crystals to form, the bigger they are.
“As it melts more and larger, they break off,” he explained.
“The lake is smaller and the snowier, which increases the likelihood of snow melting.”
It can also happen during snow storms, when there’s a lot of snow falling and the ice layer is melting.
But the lake will remain a lake, making it easier for snow to build up, Dorn added.
The more snow that builds on the mountain, the greater the chances that the lake can form.
“The more water you have on the snow, the larger and more complex the lake and snow is,” Smith said, explaining that the smaller and more unstable the snow crystals, the smaller the lake.
“That’s what causes the ice layers to melt faster.
The lake and the glacier become smaller and smaller and bigger, and the more of that happens, it causes the snow to melt.”
This process is known as avalanche melting.
And it can happen with or without snow.
“It’s not a big deal to have snow in a snowfall,” Dorn said.
“But it’s very, very important to have the right amount of moisture and snow.
A big part of snowfall is the ability to absorb water and ice.
When you don’t have enough snow, it becomes harder for the snow and ice to melt.
And that’s why it’s important to melt enough snow in the wintertime.”
So if you’re planning to visit the resorts in the fall and winter, you may want to get some snow on your back and make sure you’re ready for it.