On The Hill: With Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk opening today, Aspen Snowmass offers the full boat just in time for the approaching storm
VIDEO: All four mountains are now open, with really nice cruising conditions on the groomers, though snow conditions are thin in many spots. Aspen Times On The Hill correspondent Corby Anderson takes a quick run down Silver Bell on Aspen Mountain with two local hard boot snowboarders as a storm gathers to the west.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014
Aspen official report: 0″ of new snow overnight, 0″ in the past 48 hours, and 7″ in the past week. Isolated, wintry mix, high 46°, low 23°.
Aspen Times field report: Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk both opened their lifelines up this morning, making it a full boat of skiing options in Aspen Snowmass. Up on Ajax, there is no getting around the fact that we need some snow to cover up the rapidly thinning patches that this recent warm snap has caused, but luckily forecasters are calling for snow tonight through Monday, with chances of snow all next week.
Accumulation predictions are mixed, but it seems the consensus is that we should get at least a half foot in the next 72 hours.
Meanwhile, up on the hill today, Aspen Times On The Hill host Corby Anderson takes a run on Aspen Mountain down Silver Bell with the Cruisin’ Callen’s, two local hard boot snowboard carving enthusiasts.
Liftline status: Breeze on through
Listening to: Sturgill Simpson “Turtles All The Way Down”
Snowcast: The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the surrounding regions:
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT MST SUNDAY NIGHT... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT MST SUNDAY NIGHT. * TIMING...SCATTERED SHOWERS STARTING THIS AFTERNOON WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY TONIGHT. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...5 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. * WINDS...NORTHWEST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BE CHALLENGING DUE TO POOR VISIBILITY IN SNOW AND FOG. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
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