Now the numbers |

Now the numbers

Allyn Harvey

Some numbers.

At Snowmass, 40 inches of snow have fallen in the past seven days. The base on top of the mountain measured yesterday at 67 inches.

At Aspen Highlands, 37 inches have fallen in the past week, and its base is 68 inches.

At Aspen Mountain, 34 inches have fallen in the past seven days. The base on top is 50 inches.

And at Buttermilk, 27 inches have fallen in the past seven days. It’s boasting a respectable 42-inch base.

For the powder-hungry local, the snowy week that began Dec. 21 couldn’t have come at a worse time. But it no doubt did wonders for the reputation of the resort, which was filled with tourists who enjoyed all the great snow.

The biggest day in terms of skier/boarder visits in the seven years that the Aspen Skiing Co. has been using electronic ticket scanners occurred Wednesday, when more than 20,000 people took to the slopes.

Snowmass and Aspen Mountain both had huge days, but not as big, in relative terms, as Buttermilk and Highlands.

At Snowmass, just under 10,800 people went skiing and snowboarding last Wednesday, while Aspen was the choice of more than 3,900 skiers and snowboarders. But, as Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle points out, both those mountains have seen those kind of days in the past.

Aspen Highlands, on the other hand, had a huge day, at least in its modern history, with just short of 2,800 paying customers (that includes pass holders). And Buttermilk had a momentous day with more than 3,000.

On the big powder day, Saturday, more than 2,600 people flocked to Aspen Highlands, making for two huge days in less than a week.

And now a correction.

On the Hill incorrectly reported yesterday that Snowmass received 31 inches from last weekend’s big dump, when in fact the slopes were blanketed with 33 inches.


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