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Ajax gets 14 inches

Aspen Times Staff Report

The first real winter storm of the season dropped 14 inches of snow on top of Aspen Mountain by Thursday morning, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.

And more snow is in the weekend forecast.

Meanwhile, snowmaking crews have been working around the clock to boost Mother Nature’s contribution to the slopes.

Crews fired up the guns on Tuesday night at midnight and made snow for 36 straight hours, mountain manager Steve Sewell reported Thursday morning.

“We’re off to a very, very good start,” he said. “It looks like we’ll be able to continue right on through today [Thursday] as well.”

By Thursday morning, crews had fired 2,725,000 gallons of water through the snowmaking system on the west side of the mountain, where preparation of a World Cup course for Thanksgiving weekend is under way. Women’s super G and slalom events will be run Nov. 24 and 25. Once the World Cup course is ready, crews will move to the Spar Gulch side of the mountain, Sewell said.

“We don’t have the capacity to make snow all over the mountain at once,” he said.

Nonstop snowmaking at Snowmass also began Tuesday night, according to Skico.

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