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Looking ahead

Steve Benson

Another cycle is coming to an end.For sun lovers, the next few days are going to suck. For storm troopers, good times are on the way. A big trough is brewing across the West, and Aspen should get its share of the bounty. The warm, spring-like temps will vanish by this afternoon as a number of disturbances crawl their way toward Colorado. Snow should begin falling tonight and continue through Tuesday. There are storms all over the West, though none have become too organized … yet. One low was centered over northwest Mexico on Saturday night, a weak trough was moving across Utah and Wyoming, while a big blob of energy was stretched back to the Eastern Pacific and the coast of British Columbia. Depending on how things come together, Aspen could get anywhere from a few inches to a big dumping. According to the National Weather Service, an inch or two may fall tonight, with another 4-8 inches possible Monday into Monday night. The storm should taper off Tuesday night. Reports indicate the Five Fingers off Highland Ridge have been skiing well, and conditions are stable. That will change over the next day or so as snow begins to fall. Inbounds at Aspen Mountain was apparently also skiing well on Saturday, especially Trainors, which gets little traffic. T-1 was the most consistent, as the shots farther out are less-skied, and therefore full of more variable snow. The back of Bell is also skiing well, according to reports. Skiing in Highland Bowl should be exceptional even if the sun disappears today.

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