From the bench |

From the bench

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times staff writer

This time of year it ain’t hard to find Aspenites talking about their knees, hips, clavicles, shoulders, and bone spurs. No, there is a legion of skiers and riders on the bench for the balance of the season.

And Tuesday in Aspen and Snowmass was an especially hard day to be on the bench. It was a big beautiful day with 5 inches of fresh winter snow up high and a warm beachy feel at the bottom.

A gorgeous March day. Perfect for some skiing, especially compared to Monday’s wet and foggy show.

Snowmass has an 81-inch base at the top and all the mountains are just deep and creamy. Oh yes, the bench was just brutal on Tuesday.

And it’s not gonna get any more comfortable on the bench this week as a winter storm has been posted for Wednesday night through Thursday (this is good).

Today is to be breezy and cloudy by afternoon with highs in the mid-40s.

The wind is expected from the south at 20 to 30 mph by midday and then building to gusts around 55 mph.

The wind should continue tonight with a chance of rain showers and snow showers in the evening and then snow becoming heavy after midnight.

Yep, they are calling for 5 to 10 inches and lows between 18 to 31. The wind should swing to the west with gusts around 25 to 35 mph and then swing northwest and bring in gusts around 50 mph.

Thursday should be cooler and breezy with snow showers likely in the morning and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon with highs in the mid-20s to upper 30s and 70 percent chance of snow into the evening.

Sounds like a fine little lineup. And it sounds like Thursday will be a fine day to have off.

The prospect of more snow might not thrill people on the Front Range, which is still digging out in some spots, but it might send them up to ski.

Yesterday, Xcel Energy built temporary power lines along Interstate 70 to restore electricity to Loveland Ski Area and about 25 customers whose power was knocked out by an avalanche.

And Gov. Bill Owens is asking the federal government for some snow-emergency money.

Imagine that. Denver and other communities anxious about more snow. “Enough already,” they are saying already.

Of course, we don’t really know what we’d be saying if we had gotten 6 feet of snow in two days. We think we do because whoa, that would be awesome, but we don’t really know. And we’ll likely never find out … so we it is best we enjoy the next “5 to 10” inches.

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