First snow of season dusts Aspen's high peaks

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenSeptember 13, 2012
The air is crisp, the leaves are changing color and Colorado nights are turning cold.

The countdown to ski season has begun.

It won't be long before chairlifts start cranking up across the state: Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Keystone are the perennial front-runners to kick off the state's snow-sliding season.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Area aren't set to open until Nov. 22, followed by Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk, which don't open until Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, respectively — about the time when there are traditionally enough visitors in town and snow on the slopes for the Aspen Skiing Company to justify operating four mountains.

This week saw the first snow of the season in the Aspen area. Here, snow, clouds and fall colors set off the Maroon Bells in all of their glory.
Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Now that there is a thin white coat covering parts of the Maroon Bells and the area's other high peaks, the anticipation to the ski season is building fast. The Aspen Skiing Company's ace photographer, Jeremy Swanson, captured the image to the right of the first snowfall in the area that he and his colleagues began pushing out on social media Wednesday.

Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 14, is the last day to receive the "super early discount" on season passes for Aspen's four mountains. For a complete pricing structure and details on the various pass options, check out the SkiCo's website.

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  24hr snow mid dpth snow cond.
A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
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