Snow for Aspen’s opening day? |

Snow for Aspen’s opening day?

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jordan Curet/The Aspen TimesSarah Schleper of Vail inspects the World Cup course on Aspen Mountain Friday during the U.S. Ski Team practice. Women's races will take place Saturday and Sunday on a course that boasts plenty of man-made snow. How much terrain will be available for the skiing public on Thursday " opening day on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass " remains to be seen. A recent warm spell has left the town of Aspen, visible below the race course, free of snow.

ASPEN ” Skiers and boarders may be able to give thanks for snow on Thanksgiving Day.

Snow is likely Thursday and Thursday night, with 3 to 5 inches of possible accumulation and highs in the 20s, according to the National Weather Service. The Aspen Skiing Co. previously vowed to open terrain at both Snowmass and on Aspen Mountain on Thanksgiving Day, the scheduled opening day of the ski season for both ski areas.

The Skico has yet to announce exactly which runs will be open, but the snowguns were blasting on local slopes Monday morning, thanks to overnight lows on Sunday night that dipped to a chilly 15 degrees in town, according to the weather service. Nonetheless, the town itself is free of snow thanks to a warm, dry spell that is expected to extend into Wednesday.

The forecast on Monday and Tuesday called for mostly sunny skies and highs of 35 to 45. Similar highs are expected Wednesday, but mostly cloudy skies are expected to move in by Wednesday night, when the weather service is calling for a chance of snow after midnight.

The chance for snow jumps to 60 percent on Thursday, with highs in the 20s, according to the weather service. On Friday, the forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of snow and highs again in the 20s.

In the lower Roaring Fork Valley, including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, sunny skies and highs of 45 to 55 are expected through Tuesday. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday. Thursday brings a 50 percent chance of rain and snow, and highs of 35 to 45, with a 40 percent chance of snow overnight on Thursday. The weather service is predicting a 30 percent chance of snow and highs of 35 to 45 on Friday in the lower valley.

In addition to Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, several other Colorado ski resorts are scheduled to open this week, including Crested Butte, Steamboat, Beaver Creek and Telluride, all aiming to open Wednesday, and Durango Mountain Resort and Ski Cooper, which expect to open Thursday. Silverton Mountain is slated to open Saturday.

Already open are Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Eldora, Keystone, Loveland, Winter Park, Wolf Creek and Vail, though none are offering a great deal of open terrain yet. Vail, for example, was reporting 4 of 193 trails open on Sunday.

A number of Colorado resorts won’t open until December, including Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands (Dec. 13) and Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs (Dec. 5).

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