Aspen picks up snow, World Cup practice runs
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Aspen was on the short end of the latest snow to move into Colorado this week, but Aspen Mountain did boast some men’s World Cup race practice.
And, another 2 to 4 inches or more are possible before the weather begins to clear on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Aspen Mountain reported 2 inches of new snow Thursday morning, and Snowmass picked up 1 inch over the past 24 hours. Aspen Mountain was reporting 4 inches of fresh stuff over the past 48 hours.
Winter Park, in the Front Range mountains of Colorado, boasted 11.5 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Thursday morning and 13.5 inches over the past 48 hours.
Loveland ski area, on the Continental Divide, reported 6 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Thursday morning, and 11 inches over the past 48 hours. Copper Mountain picked up 3 inches over the past 24 hours and 8 inches over the past 48.
Vail reported 3 inches of new snow early Thursday, but Beaver Creek picked up 7 inches over the past 24 hours and 10 inches over the past 48 hours ” enough to force the cancellation of Thursday’s scheduled World Cup race on the Birds of Prey course ” a men’s super combined.
Downhill training Wednesday at Beaver Creek was also wiped out by snow, but some racers in the technical disciplines were on Aspen Mountain Wednesday to practice on the course where women’s World Cup slalom and giant slalom events took place last weekend.
A men’s downhill is scheduled Friday at Beaver Creek, followed by a super G on Saturday.
A hazardous weather outlook remains in effect for much of western Colorado on Thursday, according to the weather service office in Grand Junction. Snow will continue to fall into the evening along the Interstate 70 corridor and northward, according to the weather service.
Aspen’s forecast calls for another 2 to 4 inches of accumulation in town on Thursday, and 1 to 3 additional inches Thursday night. Partly sunny skies are forecast Friday and Saturday, with highs in the 30s.
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