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Welcome, Winter!

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

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Three Feet in Three Days! What a Winter …

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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Snow! In Photos

After weeks of sunny, warm weather — which some would call gorgeous, but not for that long in this ski town — a powerful winter storm brought back that familiar giddy winter vibe that had been lacking since the beginning of the year. The slopes of Aspen/Snowmass reaped a foot and a half of snow over three days, with more in the forecast as the weather pattern, according to more than one expert, has shifted to favor Colorado with plenty of the white stuff for the end of February and beginning of March. (And, according to Aspen Weather meteorologist Cory Gates, some of the most severe winters are coming down the pike in the next several years.)

As hungry powder hounds hit the slopes, others took time to marvel at and document the beauty of the snow-covered landscape. So rather than talk about the snow any further, we’ll let these images tell the story. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Winter is Coming: Why You Should Be Excited

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

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The big, big snow family photo album

Following a sunny couple weeks in January, Old Man Winter came back with the kind of vim and vigor we haven’t seen in years. In the last two weeks, nearly 5 feet of snow have graced our local slopes, much to the delight of powderhounds — and the chagrin of shovelers.

Lucy walks to dinner in a blizzard.

Lucy walks to dinner in a blizzard.

It all started with a storm at the very end of January that dumped a record-setting 24 inches in 24 hours on the local ski mountains. Meanwhile, Aspen and Snowmass residents will swear they woke up on Friday, January 31, to 3 feet of new snow on their decks and driveways (it was pretty obvious as the prior dry spell melted nearly everything away prior to that).

What followed was unprecedented. Nine additional inches (officially) fell by Saturday morning, followed by a brief window of bluebird skies and sunshine to take in the magical white-covered landscape. Then more snow came, and more, and more — 2 to 9 inches every day but one since February 4. We’ve gotten almost 2 feet in the last week alone.

The historic conditions beg for documentation for posterity’s sake — it’s been a while since we’ve seen snow piles so high, cars buried so completely, and efforts to move around in the stuff so comical for man and his best friend. So here’s a little photo album and some stats we put together to remember the Big Storm of 2014, from the BJ Adams and Company family.

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The best sites for predicting powder

In ski towns like Aspen and Snowmass, many locals’ plans revolve around the weather—closing businesses and rescheduling meetings and other obligations if a good healthy snowstorm dumps several inches on the local slopes. But up until recently, there weren’t many resources for determining in advance how a weather pattern would play out. The Denver-based TV weather reports were hit or miss, and a change in barometric pressure could only tell so much.

In the past couple of years that has all changed. Continue reading

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Winter is back with two special holiday events

The storm track has shifted, with near daily snowfall leaving a beautiful blanket of white over Aspen and Snowmass. The timing couldn’t be better as the holiday season nears full swing—and this snowy week (1–2 feet expected) brings two very special events that you don’t want to miss. Continue reading

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