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Powder rules at Aspen/Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Nancy Adam of Vail hits the powder on Buckhorn, off the top of Aspen Mountain, on Monday. The mountain picked up 17 inches of new snow between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. (Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times)

ASPEN ” Silverton Mountain in southwest Colorado reported 48 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Tuesday morning, but you can’t get there from here.

Closer to home, the slopes of Aspen/Snowmass fared pretty well in the snowstorm that swept into the state Sunday night.

And, since Silverton is cut off from the rest of the world (Highway 550 remained closed Tuesday morning both north and south of the town), powder hounds might as well head to Snowmass, where Tuesday’s new snow fell on top of Monday’s untracked stuff.

High winds forced multiple lift closures at Snowmass on Monday; in fact, lift closures at all the local mountains, including the gondola on Aspen Mountain, hampered access to terrain, preserving fresh tracks and powder stashes.

Snowmass reported a fresh foot of snow Tuesday morning and 21 inches over the past 48 hours, while Aspen Mountain picked up 11 inches of new snow by Tuesday morning and 17 inches over the past 48 hours. At Highlands, the Aspen Skiing Co. reported 9 inches of new snow at about 10 a.m. Tuesday (oddly, less than the 14 inches it reported at about 5:30 a.m.), and 23 inches over the past 48 hours. Buttermilk picked up 7 inches in the past 24 hours and 13 inches over the past 48 hours, according to the Skico.

While tiny Silverton boosted the biggest snow totals around the state, Aspen and Snowmass received some of the highest snowfall totals outside the southwest corner of the state, where Wolf Creek reported 31 inches over the past 48 hours, but just 9 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. Telluride, which picked up 7 inches in the past 24 hours and 16 over the past two days, warned of multiple delayed lift openings on Tuesday morning.

Durango, hard hit by the snowstorm, reported 11 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 27 inches over the past 48 hours.

Crested Butte, south of Aspen over the Elk Mountains, reported 15 inches of new snow Tuesday morning and 26 inches in the past 48 hours.

Elsewhere around the state, Sunlight Mountain Resort outside of Glenwood Springs reported 6 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Tuesday, as did Steamboat, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain; Vail and Powderhorn picked up 5 inches; and Keystone and Arapahoe Basin both reported 4 inches of new snow Tuesday. Winter Park picked up 3.5 inches in the past 24 hours.

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