Local slopes pick up 6 to 8 inches
October 15, 2007
ASPEN ” A wet, winter storm dumped up to 8 inches of snow on local ski slopes Sunday and more snow is in the forecast starting Wednesday night.
Snowmass received 8 inches of snow and Aspen Mountain collected 6 inches at its 11,212-foot summit. Area hunters reported more than a foot of snow in some backcountry locations, according to the Aspen Skiing Co. In town, a bit of snow sticking to the ground Monday morning quickly melted.
The storm delivered up to a foot of snow in the Colorado mountains and rain at lower elevations Sunday, with a steady drizzle falling on fans during Game 3 of the National League championship series in Denver.
By midday Sunday, the National Weather Service was reporting 12 inches of snow in Breckenridge, 6 inches in Fairplay, 5 inches in Dillon and 4.5 inches in Boulder.
Loveland Ski Area, west of Georgetown near the Continental Divide, received enough snow to announce Monday it would open a 1,000-foot vertical run Tuesday with a packed base of at least 18 inches. The weather prompted Keystone Resort to say it would kick off snowmaking operations Sunday night, and Breckenridge Ski Resort planned to start blasting snow guns at the end of the week. Both resorts plan to open Nov. 9.
Both Aspen and Snowmass are scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22; the slopes of Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are set to open Dec. 8.
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Sunday’s snow caused some fender-bender vehicle mishaps but no injuries along Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel, as motorists received a refresher course in driving during winter-like conditions, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Chain laws were in effect on a number of mountain passes.
Independence Pass, east of Aspen, remains open ” conditions permitting ” according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Sunny skies returned to the Roaring Fork Valley Monday, but more snow is in the forecast later this week. There’s a 50 percent chance of snow in Aspen on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.