Sunday in Aspen: powder day!
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Break out the powder skis ” there 18 inches of new snow atop Snowmass and Aspen Highlands, according to the Sunday morning snow report.
The Aspen Skiing Co. also reported 14 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours at Aspen Mountain and 13 at Buttermilk.
More snow is in the forecast Sunday, as a winter storm sweeps through Colorado. The National Weather Service has extended the weekend winter storm warning to Monday at 6 p.m. for much of the western part of the state, including the mountains surrounding Aspen. Accumulations of 1 to 2 feet are predicted by late Sunday.
Elsewhere, Crested Butte is reporting 23 inches, Telluride picked up 18 inches, Steamboat and Sunlight Mountain Resort both received 9 inches, Vail and Copper got 6 inches, and Winter Park received 4.5 inches.
With the storm, avalanche danger will be on the rise, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
Sunday’s CAIC forecast says the storm will push the avalanche danger in the Aspen zone to considerable on slopes facing northwest, north, northeast, east and southeast, near and above treeline. On slopes facing west, southwest and south, look for pockets of considerable danger in steep, cross-loaded pockets and terrain features. Danger below treeline is an overall moderate, according to the CAIC.
Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for statewide avalanche forecasts.
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