On The Hill: Test driving hotrod Kästle’s before the holiday onslaught
VIDEO: With a brief break between storm cycles and a quiet Aspen Mountain to explore before the rush of Christmas week, Aspen Times mountain correspondent Corby Anderson takes the opportunity to demo a much-ballyhooed pair of Kastle MX88’s down the soft chop of Pussyfoot, and finds them to be all that and more!
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ASPEN SKI COMPANY OFFICIAL REPORT: 3″ in the past 24 hours, 11″ in 48 hours and 32″ in the last 7 days. High of 36°, low of 18°.
ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: Almost three feet of powder has fallen this past week or so, leaving Aspen Mountain in outstanding condition. Much of the steeps opened this week on Ajax, and Highlands Bowl is reportedly in excellent condition. This morning’s run was nice and soft, with powder on the edges and in the trees, and perfect groomers. Not too many folks on the hill as of 10 am, either. Of note: MAJOR storm on the way tomorrow through Tueday! Get your powder boards out!
LIFT LINE STATUS: Pick your chair.
LISTENING TO: Mother Hips “Part Timer Goes Full”
SNOWCAST: NOAA.com is reporting:
- Today: A slight chance of snow before 2pm, then a slight chance of snow after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
- Tonight: Snow likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Sunday: Snow with areas of blowing snow. High near 34. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
- Sunday Night: Snow with areas of blowing snow. Low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
- Monday: Snow with areas of blowing snow. High near 32. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
- Monday Night: Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 16. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
- Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 27.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO MIDNIGHT MST MONDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING...SNOW DEVELOPS LATE TONIGHT AND CONTINUES THROUGH MONDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...10 TO 20 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ALONG NORTHWEST FACING SLOPES. * WINDS...WEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. * IMPACTS...ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL RESULT IN ICY AND SNOW PACKED ROADS AND HIGHWAYS...ESPECIALLY OVER THE MOUNTAIN SUMMITS. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW...BLOWING SNOW AND FOG WILL LIMIT VISIBILITY BELOW 1 MILE WITH NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
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