ASPEN - Three straight powder days on local slopes have inspired various powder deals for roughly the next two weeks, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Monday, as the resort began digging out from beneath the bounty.
The weekend storm deposited some 2 feet of snow at Aspen-Snowmass and snow continued to fall off and on Monday in Aspen. Snow shovelers and city plows were out in full force Monday morning under clearing skies before another squall moved in during the afternoon.
The storm, which rolled into the Colorado mountains Friday and brought wave after wave of snow throughout the weekend, apparently saved the best for last, at least in Aspen.
Aspen Mountain reported 11 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours early Monday, while Aspen Highlands picked up another 10 inches. Snowmass had 9 inches and Buttermilk reported 7.
Elsewhere around the state, Powderhorn also reported 10 inches over the past 24 hours. The other big numbers were posted by southwest Colorado resorts that were hammered all weekend. Silverton Mountain reported 18 inches, Wolf Creek reported 17 inches and Telluride picked up another 11 inches.
The freshies may return later in the week, according to the National Weather Service, which is calling for partly sunny skies Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs of 25 to 35. A chance of snow returns to the forecast Wednesday night. There is a 30 to 40 percent chance of snow throughout the rest of the week in the Aspen area, according to the weather service.
To entice locals to take advantage of the snowfall, the Skico is rolling out discounts for Flex Pass holders, offering extra days of skiing for $29 instead of $49, and to Classic Pass holders, who can pay $49 instead of $79 for extra days of skiing or riding. The discounts are being offered from Feb. 23 to March 7 and the days must be used by March 7. Premier Pass holders can get a free equipment demo at any Four Mountain Sports shop during the promotion.
In addition, one restaurant at each local mountain is offering the "Powder Hound Special" to all season pass holders - $8 for a burger and a Budweiser or soda at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain, Ullrhof at Snowmass, Merry-Go-Round at Highlands and Cliffhouse at Buttermilk.
Finally, the Skico will again offer vouchers to pass holders that are good for 50 percent off the price of a lift ticket. The promotion begins March 1, about three weeks earlier than it did last season. Premier Pass holders can collect four vouchers; those who have other ski passes are eligible for two vouchers. Pass holders can use the vouchers to get family members and friends a discounted lift ticket.