A plethora of powder in Aspen, Colorado
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” The economy isn’t exactly sizzling, but at least Colorado ski resorts aren’t lacking for snow.
A multiday storm that started Friday created a “dump-a-thon” for many ski areas, the trade association Colorado Ski Country USA reported Tuesday. As of Tuesday morning, Aspen Highlands recorded 39 inches of new snow, and it was still coming down. Snowmass scored 30 inches. Aspen Mountain reported 27 inches. Even the relatively low slopes of Buttermilk were blessed with a bounty of 21 inches during the storm cycle.
Elsewhere in the state, Steamboat claimed grand prize in the big storm with 42 inches of fresh snow. Winter Park received 35 inches, and Crested Butte benefited from 33 inches of powder. Other big reports were: Silverton Mountain, 30 inches; Cooper Mountain, Purgatory and Loveland all reported 26 inches; and Telluride tallied 21 inches.
For the record, the storm cycle boosted the Aspen-area snowpack to 44 percent above average for this time of year, according to data recorded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a federal agency. The snowpack for the Aspen area has been above average since early December, but a recent January dry spell ” now a distant memory ” reduced the cushion.
The Roaring Fork River basin’s snowpack as a whole is 40 percent above average, according to the Conservation Service.
The weather service that the Aspen Skiing Co. subscribes to called for 2 to 4 inches of additional snow on Wednesday, light snow on Thursday then clearing skies for the weekend.
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