Aspen comes up short in latest storm
December 12, 2007
ASPEN ” One inch. That pretty much sums up the snowfall local slopes received Tuesday, while some ski areas in southwest Colorado got pounded.
After boasting some of the better snowfall totals in the state during recent, back-to-back weekend storms, Aspen came up on the shorter end with the system that swooped into Colorado Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, National Weather Service was predicting 3 to 5 inches of new snow in the Aspen area on Monday night, followed by another 4 to 7 inches on Tuesday. Tuesday morning, the service revised its forecast, calling for 6 to 12 inches by late afternoon. It didn’t happen.
The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 1 inch of new snow over the past 24 hours at all four local ski areas on Wednesday morning. Over the past 48 hours, Snowmass picked up 4 inches, Aspen Highlands got 3 inches and Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk both received 2 inches.
Incidentally, the base depth at the top of Aspen Highlands is 61 inches, according to the Skico. It’s 49 inches at Snowmass, 36 inches at Aspen Mountain and 28 inches at Buttermilk.
Wednesday’s forecast calls for party sunny skies, a 20 percent chance of snow and highs of 15 to 25 degrees. Lows Wednesday night will dip to between 5 below and 5 above, according to the weather service.
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Thursday will bring highs of 15 to 25, with light snow Thursday night and more snow Friday, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, and highs of 10 to 20 degrees, according to the weather service.
Saturday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies, but wind-chill readings of 15 to 25 below in the morning.
Ski areas in southwest Colorado reaped the most snow out of the latest weather system to move through the state.
Durango reported 5 inches over the past 24 hours and 20 inches over the past 48 hours on Wednesday morning; the numbers for Silverton Mountain were 18 and 48 inches, respectively, as of Tuesday afternoon. Wolf Creek’s Tuesday afternoon report put its snow totals at 23 inches over the past 24 hours and 31 inches over the past 48 hours.
Telluride reported 3 inches of new snow Wednesday morning and 8 inches over the past 48 hours.
Elsewhere, Vail reported 8 inches over the past 24 hours on Wednesday morning, while Winter Park, Crested Butte and Beaver Creek all reported 6 inches. Steamboat picked up 5 inches.