On The Hill: Recent snowstorms are adding up to fantastic skiing conditions on Aspen Mountain
December 19, 2014
VIDEO: Aspen Times mountain correspondent Corby Anderson makes a lap down Copper Bowl on Aspen Mountain and discovers it to be soft and turny, with a coat of fresh from top to bottom.
ASPEN SNOWMASS OFFICIAL REPORT: 2″ in past 24 hours on Aspen Mountain, 5″ on Snowmass. 5″ in past 48 hours and 21″ this week. HIgh of 34°, low of 16° today.
LIFTLINES: I actually had to wait for one gondola chair this morning. Getting busy!
LISTENING TO: “Team America” soundtrack
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SNOWCAST: NOAA.com reports:
- Today: Scattered snow showers, mainly before 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
- Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
- Friday: Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 33. West wind around 5 mph.
- Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
- Saturday: A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. West northwest wind around 5 mph.
- Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.
The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Advisory for late this weekend.
.SIGNIFICANT MOUNTAIN SNOWFALL POSSIBLE SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...WITH ANOTHER STORM POSSIBLE ON CHRISTMAS DAY... INCLEMENT WEATHER WILL BE HANGING AROUND EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER WEEK AS A SERIES OF PACIFIC STORMS MOVE THROUGH THE REGION. WEAK WAVES OF ENERGY WILL BRING SOME LIGHT SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS THROUGH THE END OF THIS WEEK WITH A BRIEF BREAK ARRIVING SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO SUNDAY MORNING. BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON...UPPER LEVEL WINDS WILL BE SWINGING AROUND TO THE NORTHWEST SENDING A SERIES OF VERY MOIST DISTURBANCES INTO THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN COLORADO. THIS FAVORABLE WIND FLOW COMBINED WITH THE PACIFIC MOISTURE MAY RESULT IN A PROLONGED PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL FROM VAIL PASS NORTHWARD TO THE WYOMING STATE LINE NEAR STEAMBOAT SPRINGS. EARLY INDICATIONS SUGGEST WELL OVER A FOOT OF NEW SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE BETWEEN SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND LATE TUESDAY EVENING. LONG RANGE COMPUTER MODELS ARE SUGGESTING ANOTHER STORM WILL PASS THROUGH THE REGION CHRISTMAS EVE OR ON CHRISTMAS DAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BRING SNOW TO EVEN THE LOWER VALLEYS OF EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO. WITH HEAVY HOLIDAY TRAVEL ANTICIPATED...THE IMPACT FROM ANY SNOWFALL LATE THIS WEEKEND THROUGH CHRISTMAS DAY MAY RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT DELAYS. PLAN AHEAD AND CHECK THE LATEST FORECAST BEFORE TRAVELING ACROSS EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO.
ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: Recent snowstorms have consistently deposited fresh shots of powder on the local ski areas, with more than 21″ of new snow sticking since last weekend. On Aspen Mountain, patrol has dropped the ropes on the Dumps, Hyrup’s and Walsh’s this week. The entire mountain is skiing fantastically right now.
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