Snow fairies tend to come out of closet for Gay Ski Week |

Snow fairies tend to come out of closet for Gay Ski Week

Maybe it’s coincidence. Maybe it’s karma. Maybe it’s snow fairies.

Whatever the explanation, it always seems to snow during Aspen Gay and Lesbian Ski Week. At least that’s the perception of many Aspenites.

And weather data tracked by the Aspen Water Department bears out those perceptions. Local slopes have received snow on at least eight of the last 10 years during the event, including the last seven.

But that streak could be in jeopardy. The 24th annual Aspen Gay and Lesbian Ski Week is scheduled to run Sunday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 27.

Snow has been scarce this month, and the best prospects in the forecast were for scattered flurries.

Then again, there are those snow fairies. About an inch graced local slopes Saturday morning.

Last season a drought finally ended the Saturday before Gay Ski Week started. Five inches of snow fell in town, more on the slopes.

And it kept on snowing. The water department’s records show it snowed every day of Gay Ski Week in January 2000. That prompted some Aspen Skiing Co. officials to say maybe the event should be moved to December.

The water department’s records also show:

Snow fell on four days during the festivities in 1999. n More than a foot of snow fell in four days during Gay and Lesbian Ski Week in 1998.

There were four days with modest amounts of snow in 1997 and 1996, and three days of snow with little accumulation in 1995.

Two days of snow brought half a foot during the 1994 ski week.

The last time no snow fell during Gay and Lesbian Ski Week was 1993, although five inches fell the day before it started.

The year 1992 was the only time that conditions were really lousy for the festival. No snow fell after Jan. 15 that month, and only 22 inches fell all that month.

It snowed only one day during the 1991 event, although it snowed immediately before and right after.

Although January 1990 was an extremely dry month, four inches of snow did fall during Gay and Lesbian Ski Week.

So keep your boards at the ready. History suggests we’ll have snow sometime this week.

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