The weather game |

The weather game

Sometimes the snow just dribbles.

That’s what it did all day yesterday, as Aspen Highlands picked up 7 inches through the day, even though it felt like more was falling.

On Aspen Mountain, the moguls were all softer than they had been the day before: The ones that had been hard on Monday were OK; the ones that had been soft on Monday were pillowy.

And the snow just kept falling, even as the temperature remained moderate. It makes for great skiing.

Hopefully, the National Weather Service’s predictions for just a slight chance of snow the next few days will remain off base, as was the case yesterday, and the white stuff will keep dribbling down.

A look at the radar map available at the Web site shows no major systems were over the area Tuesday. Instead, a less significant system, but one that seems to stretch all the way back to Los Angeles, was running dead center over Aspen.

The result of all this snow is a remarkably forgiving snowpack ” everywhere. Even the notoriously icy Copper Bowl is soft. Almost poofy. It’s a little strange for the local who usually debates the merits of skiing the run’s icy center or rocky edges. It’s also a little nice.

If there is a place to avoid on Ajax, it’s the Nose of Bell, which is both deceptively inviting and treacherous. If you’re willing to lose the bottom of your ski or snowboard, then you might find a few good turns in the trees on the Nose, or not.

The weather service expects a lull in snowfall today, with a system from Baja California moving across New Mexico. It’s not expected to do much this far north, however. But that ever-hopeful “chance of snow” in the mountains remains in the forecast.

Tomorrow, New Year’s Day, the jet stream is expected to “nose” into western Colorado. Snow is predicted in the mountains ” that’s here ” Thursday night and Friday.

Any further out is anyone’s guess, including the National Weather Service’s.

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