The big zilch
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” The forecast wasn’t calling for a lot of snow in Aspen/Snowmass on Thursday; instead, local slopes didn’t get any.
The National Weather Service predicted 4 inches tops, on Wednesday night and Thursday, in the Aspen area, but the Aspen Skiing Co. posted zeros in its Friday morning snow report, as did most ski resorts in western Colorado.
Steamboat, on the other hand, reported 7 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours as of early Friday. Winter Park picked up 4.5 inches, Loveland reported 3 inches and Arapahoe Basin picked up a couple of fresh inches. Keystone got 1 inch.
Joining Aspen/Snowmass in reporting zilch were Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs, Crested Butte, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Telluride and Durango, among others.
Friday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies in Aspen in the morning, then becoming partly cloudy, along with highs of 35 to 45, according to the weather service.
There’s a 30 percent chance of snow in the forecast on Friday night and a chance of snow showers on Saturday. The best chance for snow comes Saturday night and Sunday, but accumulations of only 1 inch are forecast on Sunday.
The Colorado avalanche Information Center report for the Aspen zone on Friday, March 28:
The avalanche danger is moderate on all aspects and elevations today. Steep, wind-loaded slopes facing NE-E-SE are the most suspect ones for human-triggered avalanches at higher elevations. Below treeline, plenty of wet, unsupportive snow from two nights of above freezing temperatures will make triggered avalanche possible here as well.
Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.
The Buddy Program rang in the holiday spirit with their annual Gingerbread House Workshops in Aspen and Carbondale.