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Mind-boggling snowfall totals

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Colorado Ski Country USA says that snowfall records are being eclipsed at resorts across the state.

The promotional arm for the state’s ski industry didn’t cite specific examples in a press release Tuesday, but it did report mind-boggling snowfall totals.

After the latest storm struck Monday night, Wolf Creek Ski Area had received 41 feet of snow so far this season. Silverton Mountain was close behind at 37.5 feet.

Twenty inches of fresh snow boosted Monarch Ski Area’s total to 33 feet for the season. Monarch received 100 inches or more for the third straight month in February. It has already announced that it will extend its season, as has Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort.

The Aspen Skiing Co. is reporting almost 26 feet of snow for the winter so far at Snowmass. The 312 inches of snow is more than the annual average there of about 300 inches. Skico officials are considering an extended season, but no decision has been made yet.

Over the hill, Vail claims it has received 28 feet of snow this season, even though it was just grazed by many of the early December storms that hit Aspen head-on.

Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said he finds it odd Vail suddenly has overtaken Aspen and wonders if Vail’s measurements reflect a case of Aspen envy.

“It’s the typical Vail ruler coming out,” Hanle quipped.

We don’t know how to resolve that one. The snow reports by ski resorts always have included a bit of alchemy, in our opinions. However, we will report this: The snowpack on Vail Mountain on Tuesday was 20 percent above average, according to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The snowpack in the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River east of Aspen was 48 percent above average, the NRCS reported.

For up-to-date information on Colorado’s ski resorts and snow conditions, visit http://www.ColoradoSki.com.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported no new snow on local slopes over the past 24 hours in its Wednesday morning snow report.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Wednesday, Feb. 27:

The avalanche danger for the Aspen zone is rated at considerable on all aspects and at all elevations except the SE-S-SW aspects below treeline.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.

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