Snow in Aspen forecast, and lifts to start running longer |

Snow in Aspen forecast, and lifts to start running longer

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

ASPEN ” The Aspen Skiing Co. is giving customers at Snowmass and Aspen Mountain a Valentine’s Day present. Mother Nature is expected to give skiers and riders another one.

Starting Saturday, Feb. 14, chairlift hours will be extended at the two ski areas thanks to the lengthening daylight. The Elk Camp Gondola, Village Express and Sheer Bliss chairs will operate until 4 p.m. at Snowmass. The Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express chair will operate until 4 p.m. at Aspen Mountain, the Skico announced Friday.

“With daylight savings time falling on March 8 this year, additional extensions will take place on Feb. 28,” the Skico said in a statement. “Look for extended hours on all four mountains at that time.”

The extended hours may mean more time to play in the powder on Saturday, as another in a series of winter storms is expected to begin hitting western Colorado on Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The latest Pacific storm bearing down on the state could bring 12 to 18 inches of additional snow to the mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass by Saturday evening, according to the weather service. A winter storm watch is in effect from 6 p.m. Friday through Saturday evening.

Blowing and drifting snow, and snow, sleet and ice accumulations are possible, making travel hazardous, the weather service warned.

Highs in the 20s are expected Saturday and Sunday, with southwest winds of 10 to 15 mph both days. Highs of 25 to 35 are forecast on Monday. Overnight lows of 5 to 15 are expected Friday night, dipping to 5 below to 5 above Saturday night with wind-chill readings of 2 below to 12 below. On Sunday night, lows of zero to 10 above are forecast.

Snow fell Thursday night and Friday morning in Aspen and Snowmass, and the Skico was reporting 4 inches of new snow on Aspen Mountain and at Aspen Highlands by shortly after 12:30 p.m. Friday. Snowmass had 3 inches of fresh snow and Buttermilk reported 2 inches.

Elsewhere around the state, Powderhorn near Grand Junction reported 14 inches of new snow early Friday morning, while Monarch Mountain picked up 11 inches. Beaver Creek reported 7 inches and Winter Park on the Front Range had 5.5 inches, but other resorts around Colorado were generally reporting anywhere from 1 to 4 inches of new snow.

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