Aspen Highlands gets the call |

Aspen Highlands gets the call

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Aspen Highlands is the spot Tuesday morning.

Highlands has received 5 inches of new snow within the past 24 hours, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Tuesday morning report. Snowmass picked up 4 inches, Aspen Mountain got 3 inches and Buttermilk got 1 inch.

Sunlight Mountain Resort outside of Glenwood Springs reported 3 inches.

Highlands’ total was among the tops in the state as a weather system moved into western Colorado Monday. Crested Butte reported 6 inches of fresh stuff Tuesday morning, as did Steamboat Springs.

Elsewhere, Vail reported 4 inches of new snow, Winter Park picked up 3 1/2 inches, and Beaver Creek and Breckenridge received 3 inches. Copper Mountain, Loveland and Keystone all reported 2 inches of new snow on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for snow to continue falling in the morning in the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen/Snowmass, with accumulations of about 1 inch, according to the National Weather Service. Highs of 15 to 25 are expected, but with a brutal wind-chill factor in the morning.

The next significant chance for snow comes Thursday night (50 percent) and Friday (40 percent), according to the weather service. Highs in the 20s are forecast for the week, but with subzero wind-chill readings each morning.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for the Aspen zone on Tuesday, Jan. 22:

The avalanche danger is considerable on northeast, east, southeast and south aspects near and above treeline. Natural avalanches are possible and human-triggered slides are probable. Triggered avalanches may be large and destructive. The avalanche danger on all other aspects near and above treeline and all slopes below treeline is moderate. Human-triggered avalanches are still possible on these slopes as well.

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