Season’s a wastin’
Could it be already? The words “mud season” were heard in a Snowmass eatery Tuesday.
The curtain falls on the season at Snowmass a month from Thursday. And all you Bowl fanatics, you have until April 6 to make as many treks as possible at Aspen Highlands. Buttermilk closes the same day.
The good news is Aspen Mountain will be open until April 20.
So yes, mud season is quickly approaching, T-shirts are making appearances, and the slopes continue to bask in balmy temperatures. This is usually the time we get blasted with a spring blizzard, Old Man Winter’s way of showing us he still has some fight in him.
But a glance at weather.com didn’t show very much in the way of moisture in the next few days. In fact, it said at 4 p.m. yesterday, it was 48 degrees. The high predicted for Thursday: 54. With temps like that, mashed potatoes should be plentiful.
Regardless of the weather, time is short, and turns in the snow must be made now.
If you’re heading into the backcountry, tread lightly. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, “there have been 24 avalanche fatalities in the country so far this season: seven in Wyoming, four in Colorado and Montana, and three in Idaho. Fourteen of the 24 were snowmobilers.
“Our snowpack is currently more prone to larger triggers causing failure, or the poor luck of the draw of hitting a weak zone in the snowpack. Do be alert for wet releases at lower elevations and from steep rocky areas at the higher elevations. Extra caution is still needed for these mountain areas.”
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Aspen in winter storm warning through Monday with a foot or more of snow forecast for higher elevations
The first major snowstorm of the season is expected to roll into Colorado on Sunday with the mountains around Aspen seeing up to two feet of snow by Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.