Vail Daily column: Fascinating facets

By Edward Stoner

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. In Part 1, we learned that snow is always changing as it falls from the sky and then as it settles in our snowpack. Although we associate snow with cold, it actually acts as an important insulator for the ground and all of the Colorado critters that live here throughout the winter. Grains of snow trap air that act much like our feather down jackets that keep us warm, insulate the ground, which stays at about 32 degrees Fahrenheit. It is this “warm” temperature at the bottom of the snowpack that …

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