Saturday snow report: one inch
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Local slopes are sporting 1 inch of fresh snow on Saturday morning, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.
The snow fell over the past 24 hours, as of 4:18 a.m. Saturday ” the leftovers from Thursday night’s storm. Over the past 48 hours, though, Aspen Highlands picked up 8 inches, Snowmass got 7 inches, Aspen Mountain received 6 inches and Buttermilk got 5 inches of new snow.
Friday was a powder day all over western Colorado, but while Highlands fared best among local ski areas with 7 inches of new snow on Friday morning, Arapahoe Basin and Vail both picked up a foot of new snow in Thursday night’s dumping. Crested Butte and Winter Park each got 11 inches, and Copper Mountain and Steamboat both reported 10 inches.
Resorts in the southwest part of the state, which often boast some of the biggest numbers when a snowstorm rolls through, got slighted this time. Telluride reported 5 inches of new snow on Friday morning and Wolf Creek got 2 inches.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Saturday, Feb. 9:
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.
Since nearly every aspect and elevations zone has its own set of slab and weak layer problems, choosing safe terrain will be the only way to avoid an avalanche incident at this time. More sunshine than we have seen for some time is in the forecast for the mountains this weekend, but do not let blue skies and powder fever affect your backcountry judgment. A surprising number of people have headed into the backcountry without a beacon, shovel, and probe in the last few days. This equipment is absolutely required if you are to have any chance of surviving a burial. Having the right rescue gear and knowing how to use it quickly in an emergency is your only way to get a partner out of the snow in time.
Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for more on local and statewide avalanche conditions.
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