May 28, 2011 2:06 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Rafting companies keeping nervous eye on snowmelt

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Swollen rivers fed by huge amounts of snow still waiting to melt off mountaintops have Colorado rafting guides bracing for a season that could be spectacular - or could be disastrous if the runs are too dangerous for rafting.

The Coloradoan newspaper reports that Poudre River rafting companies are bracing for too much of a good thing if the snowpack melts too quickly. Rivers across the region are expected to swell in coming weeks as the snowmelt begins in earnest, with floods anticipated in many areas.

For rafting companies, high snowpack is a godsend - as long as the runoff is delayed and steady. A quick warmup can force cancellations because of dangerous conditions.

Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,

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