Snow day! Storm cancels school in Aspen |

Snow day! Storm cancels school in Aspen

ASPEN ” Aspen school kids got a rare snow day Thursday and ski resorts got fresh powder as a winter storm moved across the Rockies on Thursday.

“It’s really beautiful up here right now,” said Kerri Palm of New Castle. “Everything’s snow-covered. It’s absolutely gorgeous.”

Palm, a swimming and diving instructor at Aspen Recreation Center, said her commute from Newcastle took 90 minutes instead of the normal hour.

Aspen schools canceled classes because of snowpacked roads.

The Snowmass ski area outside Aspen had more than 8 inches of new snow Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

In the north-central mountains, the Steamboat ski area had 5 inches, and weather service meteorologist Mike Chamberlain said 10 to 20 inches could be on the ground before the storm ended.

Snowfall at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone are setting season records, said Katie Coakley, a Vail Resorts spokeswoman based in Breckenridge.

Vail Ski Resort is reporting over 20 feet of snow at the top for the season-to-date, and more 46 inches have fallen in January. At Beaver Creek, more than 15 feet of snow has fallen during the season. December 2005 snowfall at Beaver Creek was nearly double the recorded snowfall for the previous year, Coakley said.

More than two feet has fallen at Breckenridge in the past week, giving the mountaintop a 6 1/2-foot base, a record for this point in the season.

Chamberlain said the storm now moving through Colorado could drop 8 to 14 inches to the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, good news for a corner of the state that had only a third to a half its normal snowpack for this time of year.

Vail, Colorado

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