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On The Hill: Hiking up Smuggler, a New Years Day tradition

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VIDEO: Hiking above the old silver mine on Smuggler Mountain is a popular Aspen activity, and a New Years Day tradition for On The Hill producer Corby Anderson and his buddy Hondo.

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ASPEN SKI COMPANY OFFICIAL REPORT: 0″ in the past 24 hours, 1″ in 48 hours and 19″ in the last 7 days. High of 27°, low of 3°.

ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: Every New Years Day, I take an early morning hike to stretch the legs and do some positive thinking about the year to come. It is a relaxing way to ease into a busy New Years Day schedule of skiing, football watching and dinner plans. Today’s hike was gorgeous — blue skies, relatively warm (considering the sub-zero temps of late), and plenty of fresh powder for the hound to dive into. GREAT way to start the year!

LIFT LINE STATUS: Smuggler Mountain had a few hikers, sledders, skinners, lost taxi drivers, and rambunctious mutts on the trail this morning. Expect ski lift lines to be a bit heavy today with the nice weather.

LISTENING TO: Doc Watson “Black Mountain Rag”

SNOWCAST: NOAA.com is reporting:

  • Today: Snow likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. East wind around 5 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Tonight: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -7. Wind chill values as low as -15. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.
  • Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 24. Wind chill values as low as -15. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
  • Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph after midnight.
  • Saturday: Snow likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3.
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.
  • Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 33.

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