Snowmass picks up 10 inches |

Snowmass picks up 10 inches

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 10 inches of new snow at Snowmass early Friday morning, leaving locals scratching their heads. There was perhaps an inch of new snow in town, but Skico marketers sent out a blast e-mail confirming the bounty on the slopes.

Aspen Mountain reported 3 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, Aspen Highlands had 6 inches and Buttermilk picked up 2 inches.

Vail and Beaver Creek mountains reported an inch each.

Thursday night’s storm again blessed the ski resorts of southwest Colorado. Durango Mountain Resort reported 25 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours on Friday morning, and 30 inches in the past 48 hours. Silverton Mountain’s numbers were 25 and 50 inches, respectively. Telluride reported 13 inches of new snow Friday morning, and Wolf Creek had 22 inches.

Powderhorn in far western Colorado reported 8 inches Friday morning, and Crested Butte had 9 inches, but other resorts did not fare as well. Steamboat, Loveland and Keystone all reported no new snow. Vail and Beaver Creek reported an inch.

Though the National Weather Service had predicted the storm would sweep into the mountains around Aspen Thursday night and continue through Friday, no more snow had fallen in town by early afternoon. Snow showers are predicted Friday night, with lows of zero to 10 above, and again on Saturday, with highs of 15 to 25 and wind-chill readings of 5 below to 5 above. Snow is also likely Sunday, according to the weather service.

Thursday night’s snow bumped avalanche danger up to high in the Aspen area, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. It is extreme in the northern and southern San Juan Mountains to the south, where an avalanche warning was in effect Friday.

An avalanche watch was in effect Friday in the Aspen zone, where heavier, wetter snow fell on a drier, lighter layer, according to the CAIC.

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