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Skiing as if season depended on it

Brent Gardner-Smith

Here we are, another sunny, blue-sky day. And perhaps one to match the bluebird glory of yesterday.

Today, highs are to be in the mid-40s to LOWER 60s.

The Snowmass base depth is still just below the 100-inch mark, which it hasn’t hit for five years. Today it’s at 96 inches.

Which is weird, because Monday it was 99 inches and then we got 2 inches … and the base depth went back to 96.

There must have been some settling.

It’s all the same.

It’s deep. Deeper than usual.

(And you are doing …)

If you just rolled into town on vacation, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are closed. Snowmass is open until Sunday, April 13, and Ajax closes April 20.

So welcome.

We’re glad you’re here to ski, because not enough of us are. Our favorite sport may be standing in the streets of downtown Aspen staring up at the mountain, trying to see if we can see someone, anyone, sliding down.

Thursday is to be partly cloudy, which is sometimes a hedge on “sunny,” and it should be in the 40s to lower 60s.

Friday should have the same glorious warm temps. (And you are …)

And on to the weekend, the last for Snowmass.

Saturday should be clear and then becoming partly cloudy, with highs in the 50s. Sunday, partly cloudy and highs 35 to 45.

And snow perhaps on Monday.

OK. Go ahead. Alternate between sun and snow. We can take it.

And a tip of our hat to the staff at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which you can see at

The forecasters there round up insightful backcountry weather and snowpack events and pass them on with near poetic phrasing, such as “Observers in general are reporting a fairly strong mid-pack layer that is fairly supportive.”

Always good, that.

Or consider this: “Don’t hesitate to dig pits if you have questions.”


Valley walls closing in? Here’s how some Colorado ski areas looked yesterday:

Ajax – 71-72 inch base, 673 acres, 100% open.

A-Basin – 84-84 inch base, 490 acres, 100% open.

Beaver Creek – 66-89 inch base, 1,301 acres, 80% open.

Breckenridge – 76-93 inch base, 2,208 acres, 100% open.

Copper – 81-87 inch base, 1,650 acres, 67% open.

Keystone – 66-67 inch base, 1,726 acres, 93% open.

Loveland – 85-85 inch base, 1198 acres.

Snowmass – 70-96 inch base, 2,512 acres.

Steamboat – 73-103 inch base, 2,939 acres, 100% open.

Vail – 73-89 inch base, 4818 acres, 91% open.

Winter Park – 98-108 inch base, 1,891 acres, 88% open.

Get out.

And enjoy.

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