Have mercy, snow gods | AspenTimes.com

Have mercy, snow gods

Aspen Times StaffAspen, CO Colorado

Let’s hope that the folks at snowforecast.com have a good crystal ball.The Aspen Skiing Co.’s online weather forecaster sees a change in the weather. As of 5 p.m. Monday, the forecasting company saw snow developing tonight. It’s not much – a trace to 1 inch – but it’s a welcome and needed relief to the sunny days with temperatures soaring into the 50s and 60s.The forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches of snow Wednesday and small amounts each day thereafter through Saturday.All we can say is hallelujah. Conditions have held up well, but this weather is ridiculous for one of the months that is supposed to be the snowiest. Hanging Valley and virtually all other steeps at Snowmass were closed Sunday because of the possibility of avalanche activity that can be spurred by high temperatures. Over at Aspen Highlands, precautions forced closure of sun-exposed trails in Highland Bowl up to the Fundeck Gate.The cross-country skiing has suffered a meltdown, as well. For more on what’s still available, go to http://www.aspentimes.com/nordic.The snowpack in the Roaring Fork basin was down to 81 percent of average by Monday afternoon. The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service measuring site closest to Aspen showed a bit rosier picture; it was at 93 percent of average.Some other resorts nearby are really suffering. The Vail Mountain site and the Butte site near the Crested Butte ski area were both at 68 percent of average. Somehow, Aspen’s little nook between those two resorts scored more storms and snow this winter.Nevertheless, the warm, dry weather was forcing us to consider desperate measures – like sacrifices to the snow gods. We thought a lock of Torre’s hair might do the trick, or Rob Morrow’s catalog of television work on DVD. Hell, since the Red Onion as we know it is toast, we’d even throw in the old bar there if we thought it would appease the snow gods.But let’s hope that snowforecast.com has it right and snow is returning, and no sacrifices are necessary.

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