From JIGANTuary to FebrIDICULOUS? |


ASPEN ” First we had DEEPcember, with people limping along the streets, unable to handle another powder day. And yet the big dumps continued seemingly without pause.

Now that another month of face shots and endless snowstorms has once again gone by, a Snowmass patrolman by the name of Hot Sauce has deemed our second unbelievable month of winter in a row to be JIGANTuary ” sorry, but it’s better than JanuBURIED.

Regardless, it’s been a frigging stunning winter of outdoorgasms galore. There has been little to do but put on the skis, day after day, and ski powder.

It might seem normal by this time, but the weather report shows another solid storm through the weekend.

That’s hardly news. By this point, everyone expects cold smoke face shots every single day, so why even check the weather?

What’s next? FebrIDICULOUS? Can it really continue like this?

Here’s to hoping it does.

Hey, Hot Sauce: You open ’em, I’ll close ’em.

Snowmass picked up 5 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s noon report on Sunday, Feb. 3. Aspen Mountain had 3 inches of new snow, Aspen Highlands received 2.5 inches and Buttermilk had 2 inches.

An avalanche watch is in effect for the Aspen zone until 8 a.m. Monday, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The CAIC report for Sunday, Feb. 3:

The avalanche danger in the Aspen zone is considerable on all aspects near and above treeline today. Slopes facing N-E-S at these higher elevations continue to pick up more wind-deposited snow. This increasing load will make them especially tender. Below treeline, the avalanche danger is an overall moderate. Stronger winds last weekend did create areas of wind slabs below treeline as well. Keep an eye on these slabs as they will be the most likely area for human-triggered avalanches. With a series of storms lined up through the weekend, don’t expect the danger to decrease anytime soon.

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