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Purple wax already?

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” I traded out blue wax for purple with mixed feelings Sunday for a ski tour down the road toward North Thompson Creek outside of Carbondale.

On the one hand, skiing in just a shirt, a single layer of pants and baseball cap, with my gloves and winter cap stowed in my pack, was a delight after what seemed to me interminable months of snow and cold. For the second day in a row, local weather conditions were ripe for working on that classic spring tan ” from the neck up, with raccoon eyes where my sunglasses cover my face.

But I’m not sure I’m quite ready to relinquish the blue wax of cold, powdery snow for the sticky waxes of mushier snow just yet. It’s only a matter of time, though.

Sometimes, the weather turns a corner ” like it did over the past couple of days ” and it’s never quite the same again. For all I know, the weekend was the turning point.

For the record, there’s snow in the forecast this week, but the forecasted high temperatures hint of spring to come.

The National Weather Service is calling for snow Monday with accumulations of about 1 inch, then another 1 to 3 inches on Monday night. Tuesday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies in Aspen with highs of 25 to 35 degrees.

More chances for snow are in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday, though the weather service isn’t talking about accumulations yet.

The Aspen Skiing Co.’s Monday morning snow report indicates no new snow fell on local slopes in the past 24 hours.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Monday, Feb. 11:

Avalanche danger for the Aspen zone is rated an overall considerable today. Natural avalanches are possible and human-triggered ones probable on all slopes at this time. If triggered, these avalanches have the potential to be large and very destructive. Now is not the time to tackle steeper terrain or big lines. Save those for a day with better stability.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the complete report and statewide conditions.


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