New snow piles up in Aspen
Just in time for tonight’s premiere of the latest Warren Miller ski movie, “Impact,” the snow arrived in Aspen. Last night’s storm deposited up to nine inches on local slopes.
“This storm really came through for us. We got up to nine inches on top and we now have more than 20 inches on the ground up there,” said Mike Kaplan, senior vice president of mountain operations for the Aspen Skiing Co.
Snow shovels got a bit of a workout in town this morning and the Colorado Department of Transportation was working hard to keep Highway 82 over Independence Pass open to traffic.
Snow was falling at a rate of about 4 inches an hour atop the 12,095-foot pass earlier today, said a CDOT spokesperson. Worsening conditions could force transportation officials to close the pass, east of Aspen, for the season before its Nov. 7 scheduled closing, she said.
As of noon today, the snow had tapered off to sporadic flakes, but colder temperatures and additional accumulations are forecast for the weekend.
Meanwhile, Aspenites who are anxious for some on-slope action can whet their appetites with Miller’s latest ” the featured flick at the Wheeler Opera House tonight and tomorrow.
“Impact” features Aspen/Snowmass athletes Chris Davenport, Max Mancini, Michael Olenick, and the newest ski sensation, five-year-old Bridger Gile. Snowmass will be in the spotlight, as the film highlights the newly opened terrain in the Burnside Cliffs area. For more on the film, see today’s article, “S’mass the star of new Miller flick.”
Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open on Thanksgiving Day. Aspen Mountain opens with FIS women’s alpine World Cup races Nov. 28-28. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open on Saturday, Dec. 11.
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