Aspen sees light snow
Ryan Summerlin December 16, 2012
ASPEN – The ski areas of Aspen and Snowmass reported an inch of new snow in their Sunday morning reports, while midvalley residents of El Jebel found 3 to 4 inches of fluff on their driveways and Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs picked up another 6 inches.
Aspen’s forecast offers the chance for another 1 to 2 inches of new snow Sunday, lingering potential for snow on Monday and another system moving into the mountains Tuesday night.
Avalanche danger in the Aspen area is considerable in the north through southeast aspects near and above treeline and moderate elsewhere, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Wind-loaded slabs are a concern in areas where about 10 inches has fallen over the last two days – around Marble and Sunlight, the avalanche center noted.
The big winner in snow accumulations over the past 24 hours was again Wolf Creek in the southern San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The ski area reported 21 inches on Sunday morning (39 inches over the past 48 hours). Monarch was next at 7 inches.