The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies and our Senator Beck Study Basin serve the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting and conducting interdisciplinary research and sustaining integrative 24/7/365 monitoring that captures weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant communities and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends. Senator Beck Basin is also the home of the Colorado Dust-on-Snow Program. The slide show above illustrates some of the research teams we’ve hosted, and we invite additional researchers to utilize Senator Beck Basin facilities and data. For more, see the CSAS Fact Sheet.

Are you interested in learning more about Dust-on-Snow? Visit our Colorado Dust-on-Snow Program website:

Please see our storm reports page where we document the meteorological conditions under which a storm occurred as well as describe how the storm unfolded. If you would like to be included on our Storm Reports E-mail list, please contact Jeff Derry at


Water Year 2024

  • January 21, 2024:  After a dry start to the season, winter has finally gained traction!  Four storms have occurred so far in January, and the snow keeps coming.  See our Current Conditions page here, and check our the WY 2024 Storm Reports here.
  • October 1, 2023: Starting in 2004 we, with the Forest Service and Natural Heritage Foundation, conducted detailed plant surveys in our Senator Beck Study Basin. Field work ended from the last survey in 2022. The thesis report was completed by Caitlin Harvey with Western Colorado University. It summarizes changes in the Basin since 2004. Read her thesis here.

Water Year 2023

Water Year 2022

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