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The 6-inch rule

Aspen Times photo/Paul Conrad.Plenty of Aspenites showed up late for work on Wednesday. The sign in this window says it all.
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At least one business owner on the mall in Aspen had it right (see photo).

Actually, there’s little doubt that nearly every business owner who skis or snowboards got it right, too. Need anymore be said? Well, just a little.

The Aspen Skiing Co. was reporting a paltry 7 inches atop Aspen Mountain yesterday morning. Fortunately, it was a lie – there was at least twice that much snow on most of the mountain. Locals were lined up early at the gondola and Shadow Mountain lift for what was only the second true powder day of the season. It was one of those mornings where you’d just as soon shove to the ground that “friend” standing in line in front of you to have a one-chair advantage. There was enough snow to turn the bumps on most runs into powder pillows.

Today’s 5 a.m. snow report, by the way, indicates 3 to 4 more inches have fallen on local slopes during the last 24 hours.


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