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Snow in forecast; ski areas could use it

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

ASPEN ” Snow in the forecast for Aspen and Colorado this week can only help the anemic ski conditions around the state, where most resorts that are open have only limited terrain available.

Snow, by the way, is in Aspen’s forecast on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. The mid-Roaring Fork Valley received light, but steady snowfall early Monday, resulting in a dusting of accumulation, but snow was not yet falling in Aspen at about 9:30 a.m.

On Sunday, Aspen Mountain was reporting a base of 7 to 11 inches and five of 76 runs open ” all on top. Skiers and boarders must download on the gondola. At Snowmass, a 9- to 15-inch base was reported Sunday, with 1 percent of the terrain and five lifts open.

Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands are scheduled to open Dec. 8. Sunlight Mountain Resort outside of Glenwood Springs is slated to open Friday, Nov. 30, as are Telluride and Steamboat.

Vail was reporting an 18-inch base Sunday, with four of 195 runs and five of 34 lifts open. Nearby Beaver Creek reported an 18-inch base and two of 148 trails open.

Crested Butte, where the skiing is currently free, reported a 19-inch base with eight of 113 trails open, or 5 percent of the terrain.

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Copper Mountain had an 18-inch base with eight of 131 trails, or 6 percent of the terrain, open.

Loveland, too, reported an 18-inch base, with 12 of 77 runs ” 10 percent of the terrain ” open, along with three of nine lifts.

Breckenridge had an 18-inch base with two of 148 trails open.