Aspen, Snowmass end season on a powdery note |

Aspen, Snowmass end season on a powdery note

Ryan Slabaugh/The Aspen TimesA snowboarder rips through the fresh powder on closing day at Aspen Mountain on Sunday. The mountain reported 10 inches of new snow Sunday morning, much to the delight of those who took advantage of a late-season storm to end the ski season.

ASPEN – Ski season ended with a powder day Sunday at Aspen and Snowmass, thanks to a fast-moving snowstorm that dumped up to a foot of snow in some areas of the Colorado mountains Saturday night.

Aspen Mountain reported 10 inches of new snow on Sunday morning, while Snowmass picked up 7 inches and Aspen Highlands reported 6 inches. All three ski areas closed for the season Sunday, though Highlands was originally supposed to remain open until April 22. An unusually warm, dry March forced its closure a week early. Buttermilk is already closed.

Drier and milder weather returns to Aspen’s forecast on Tuesday.

The storm brought up to 2 inches to the Denver metro area and wintery weather prompted officials to temporarily close U.S. 6 at Loveland Pass near the Continental Divide west of Denver. Snow also led to the postponement of a minor league baseball game in Colorado Springs.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Kyle Fredin said the heaviest snow from the storm Saturday and early Sunday fell on the central and northern mountains at elevations 10,000 and higher.

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