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Pray for more snow

Steve Benson
Aspen Times Staff Writer

High pressure looks like it’s starting to break down, with a slight chance of snow showers today and stronger weather systems moving into the area early next week.

But new snow or not, good skiing can still be found. Most groomers on all four mountains are still carveable, and west-facing, off-piste terrain has been getting soft under the afternoon sun.

The Aspen Skiing Co. is reporting excellent snow in Highland Bowl, particularly in Ozone (middle of the bowl). If visibility is low, hit the bowl’s G-Zones ” in the trees to skier’s right.

Mostly cloudy skies and sporadic, light snow showers are expected to loom into Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Warmer temperatures and sunshine should return Saturday afternoon and last through Sunday.

When the sun’s out, the face of Bell and Gentleman’s Ridge on Ajax have been skiing relatively soft in the afternoon, and more north-facing slopes, like the Ridge of Bell, still hold good pockets of snow near the trees.

Snowmass Mountain is reporting great cruisers, like Slider and Naked Lady, and the “Noon Groom,” provides skiers with fresh corduroy in the middle of the day ” just be sure to check out the groomers map for daily updates.

Buttermilk’s Playstation2 Crazy T’rain Park is in full swing, with hits, jumps and rails challenging jibbers of all ages.

A series of storms are forecast to hit the West next week, and Aspen may be a target. Whether it’s dancing naked in your ski boots or doing shots of tequila at dawn, your respected ritualistic snow-enticing ceremonies are needed now.