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Only 21 days left, so get out and ski

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Well, the good news is that if you are in Aspen/Snowmass on vacation for the week, you are likely to see fresh snow and you are not likely to be joined by hoards of other travelers.

And as all locals know, if you’ve got to be anywhere while the world works out its ugly kinks, this place will work just fine (just as long as the City Market trucks keep coming).

And it may be an especially good week of skiing if the 4 to 8 inches of snow that was forecast last night actually comes through.

Monday was a snowy day with consistent snowfall up on the summit, according to the skiers that reported back to Stumpy at Aspen Sports. The word was it was a “pretty good spring storm” and that while visibility was a bit sketchy, the snow was pretty good.

Today could be a bona fide powder day, especially if the aforementioned 8 inches actually floated down. Today should be breezy with snow showers likely in both the morning and the afternoon bringing in another 1 to 3 inches.

Temperatures should be winterlike and are expected to hover between 25 and 35 degrees today. There is another chance of snow Tuesday night but nobody is yet calling for big snows later this week, although it is expected to stay cloudy.

We’re now at the point in the season where it is relatively easy to count the remaining days in the season left on the calendar.

For example, including today, there are 21 days left in the season for Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain, which both close on Sunday, April 6. Aspen Mountain and the Snowmass Ski Area close a week later on April 13.

21 days … Many of us here can still remember the preseason hype we felt before the lifts opened (and how good the annual Aspen Valley Ski Club benefit day was on Aspen Mountain the day before the official season opened).

This season will likely go down in the record books as a pretty decent season, especially as snow fell here almost every day in February and Snowmass hit the 70-inch mark.

And more than one person will remember March 5 as “Big Wednesday,” especially those who managed to wrench a knee or other body part while chasing down thrills in the deep snow.

So, we’re calling for a fresh take on what’s left of the season. After all, we are blessed.

The rest of the world may be poised for some tough slogging, but as long as the lifts are up and running here, we might as well count those blessings, say our prayers and go make some turns.

Especially if fresh snow falls.


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