ASPEN - Nine inches of new snow at Snowmass and 8 inches on Aspen Mountain put local ski areas among the big winners from snow that swept into Colorado Wednesday night.
In addition, Buttermilk reported 5 inches in its Thursday morning snow report, while Aspen Highlands had 3 inches.
About 7 inches fell in town and light snow continued to fall Thursday morning. Upvalley traffic moved slowly on Highway 82 and the first outgoing flights from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport were other cancelled or delayed.
The winter storm hit not only Colorado, but the nation's heartland. Icy roads have disrupted travel. While much of the state saw 1 to 4 inches by Thursday morning, Colorado Springs got 10 inches.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center rated the avalanche danger in the mountains surrounding Aspen as considerable on slopes facing north through southeast, near and above treeline, and moderate elsewhere.
"The avalanche concerns today are wind slabs near and above treeline, small loose dry avalanches in areas with more than 8 inches of new snow, and older persistent slabs deeper in the snowpack." the center said.
Go to avalanche.state.co.us for the center's full, statewide report.