The Alta-fication of Aspen/S’mass
Where are we, Alta? It seems like all it does here anymore is snow. If it’s not snowing right now, wait a minute, it will start to snow. Snowmass and Highlands have both received more than 2 feet of snow in the past week. Aspen and Buttermilk both picked up about a foot and a half. And more snow is expected to fall off and on through the rest of the week and into the weekend. The storms are similar to those that slammed Colorado in January, depositing over 5 feet on the local hills. While this go around isn’t as strong, it’s still piling up out there. As Troy Lindquist, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service explained, subtropical moisture is streaming in off the Pacific, which is why it’s so warm and the snow’s so wet. “It looks like the weather pattern will stay relatively warm for this time of year, and we’ll continue to see moisture coming up from the southwest stream across the area,” Lindquist said.Little cells should continue to filter into the area for several days, with perhaps a more organized, larger system pushing through later in the week. The skiing, as if you need telling, has been phenomenal. To get the best turns, though, you’ve got to get high … in elevation that is. Highland Bowl, the Cirque at Snowmass, and the upper reaches of Ajax, like the Walsh’s area, should be holding the lightest snow. By the way, just to put things in perspective, Alta has received over 47 inches in the past week.Today’s report: Aspen Highlands is reporting 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and plenty of it fell after the lifts closed yesterday. Snowmass is boasting 7 new inches, Aspen picked up 6 and Buttermilk is reporting 4 inches.
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