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Storm blesses Aspen with powder

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart/The Aspen TimesErica Thorne Keziah clears snow off the Lift 1A chairlift on Aspen Mountain Thursday morning. The mountain picked up 11 inches of new snow over the past two days, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.
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ASPEN ” Aspen Highlands was blessed with 14 inches of fresh snow during a two-day storm that deposited powder to varying degrees at ski areas across Colorado.

Local resorts fared better than most around the state ” Highlands reported 8 inches over the past 24 hours as of early Thursday, and 14 inches over the past 48 hours. Snowmass picked up 6 and 14 inches, respectively, while Aspen Mountain’s numbers were 6 and 11 inches. Buttermilk reported 3 inches over the past 24 hours and 6 inches over the past 48.

Sunshine sparkled on the fresh fluff by the time the chairlifts opened Thursday in Aspen, and mostly clear skies are expected for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.



Thursday’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of snow and highs of 25 to 35. Lows of 5 below to zero are expected Thursday night, followed by partly sunny skies and highs of 25 to 35 on Friday.

The weather service is calling for mostly sunny skies in Aspen on Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the 30s both days. A 30 percent chance of snow returns to the forecast on Monday.




Around Colorado, ski resorts in a swath of the central mountains generally collected the highest snowfall totals. Only Monarch Mountain, west of Salida and southeast of Aspen, reported more snow over the past two days than Aspen Highlands and Snowmass, with 15 inches. Winter Park on the Front Range picked up 13.5 inches over the past 48 hours, according to its Thursday morning report.

Sunlight Mountain Resort, outside of Glenwood Springs, reported 3 inches over the past 24 hours and 9 inches over the past 48.


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