MESA, Colo. (KJCT News)-- On Thursday the Grand Mesa saw its first day of snow.
Friday afternoon- in the high thirties up at Mesa Lakes Lodge. Staff and visitors say they are already enjoying the early snowfall.
“Down in the valley it’s a lot warmer. So coming up here I didn’t think there would be any snow. It was a nice surprise driving up here and seeing everything,” says visitor Lindsay Lobato.
Owner Andrew Brito says they got about three inches just on Friday; the ground completely covered in white in the morning.
“We get about 28 to 34 feet of snow per year. Last year we were well over 40 feet,” says Brito.
Staff and visitors say it’s a little more than what was expected, compared to the last few years.
“I think for the last three or four years it has snowed- just a little light dusting. When the colors are in, it’s absolutely gorgeous,” says Brito.
Right now lodge staff are preparing for what’s to come; Brito saying it’s a normal downtime.
“[We’re] getting the place cleaned up. Ready to get things picked up and put away so we don’t lose them underneath the snow,” says Brito.
But soon, snow mobiles and cross country skiers will be making their way to the Grand Mesa.
“I’d say it’s a lot different from last year. I’d say there’s quite a bit more than last year- I was up here and there wasn’t really anything. So it’s always something new up here,” says Lobato.
And with the snow sticking to the ground some visitors say it’s a good sign for the slopes: “Hopefully this year will be a better ski year and a lot of fun,” says Lobato.
If you are still looking to get some fishing in, the water is still open at Mesa Lakes Lodge. Of course hunting season is starting up, with many hunters heading out for deer and elk season starting this weekend.