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Halfway mark

Aspen Times StaffAspen, CO Colorado

Forgive us for sleeping on the job at The Aspen Times: We missed a milestone in “On the Hill” last week when we failed to note ski season hit the halfway mark.Groundhog Day marked the crossing of the hump, if you figure from the scheduled opening of Aspen Mountain and Snowmass to the anticipated closing date.Is it just us, or has this ski season already been great? Big storms in October and November created an ample base. There were two days in November with 4 or more inches of powder.December was drier than usual, but we were still lucky enough to score four days with four or more inches of powder.January blew in with another four-by-four: four powder days of 4 or more inches, while frigid weather maintained the consistency of snow. There was no freeze-thaw cycle when temperatures plunged below zero during nights and struggled to reach 20 most days.There was another 4-inch-rule day in February before our recent warm, dry spell. As one observer put it, we’re now experiencing our January thaw.But take heart: February and March are typically our snowiest months. And, unlike recent winters, the Old Farmer’s Almanac anticipates March will remain colder for the Rocky Mountain states, so the snowpack might not get consumed by Mother Nature.Get out and enjoy the rest of the season: There are 22 days left in February (including today), 31 in March and 15 in April. That’s 68 days for those of you counting.


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