This year, we luxuriated in an extended Indian summer and glorious, dry fall that had everyone hiking, biking, and otherwise enjoying Aspen’s warm-season offerings well into November. But luckily for us, visitors who’ve planned a ski vacation, and all those businesses that rely on winter, it started snowing. So what can you expect weather-wise and on the mountains, this month and into the holidays? Continue reading
A couple of potent storms recently delivered 37 inches of snow to local slopes, giving just about everyone the chance to enjoy deep powder during three days in a row of double-digit snowfall: one on a weekend and then back-to-back snow days for valley schools. All this snow has left Aspen/Snowmass looking like a winter wonderland — snow piled impossibly high on tree branches, cars buried in white mounds, and streets narrowed to almost tunnels by ever-growing piles of snow plowed onto either side (and sometimes in the middle).
But winter has been good to us even before this week’s epic storm. The story of this winter has been consistent but small amounts of snowfall — a couple inches here, a few more there — that have added up to one mighty fine season. Continue reading
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The snowflakes fell soft and thick the first day of October, some of them as big as golf balls. The first in-town snow of the year always generates enthusiasm and dismay in Aspen (depending on what your seasonal preference is) — but we’d like to think there’s more excitement than anything else, or else we wouldn’t be able to call ourselves a ski town. While still in full fall glory, Aspen/Snowmass saw a dusting of new snow earlier this week on Bell Mountain and a blanketing of the upper slopes of Snowmass. Last week’s Indian summer turned this week to prime pre-winter conditions: freezing overnight temperatures and a series of little storms that got colder and dealt more and more precipitation, first rain, then snow. Even as bouts of sunny, warm weather will almost certainly return throughout the fall, we are undoubtedly on the path to winter.
Here, then, are four reasons to get excited about winter, and what you need to know to prepare for the season — along with a few shots of this week’s weather. (You can also keep an eye on conditions via live Roundshot (360-degree) cameras atop all four ski mountains.) Continue reading