Season's first snow falls in downtown Aspen

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenOctober 13, 2012

Don't get the blues: In 40 days and 40 nights you can ski Aspen.

But before the lifties can fire up the gondola, the mountains need coverage. The first meaningful snowfall of the season aided that cause today as white flakes started painting the landscape.

With accumulations at 9,000 feet and above, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are all beginning to build a base. For the first time this fall, it is snowing in downtown Aspen as well, although Ryan Michael Boudreau over at says it probably won't be sticking to the streets.

A gray jay in Snowmass.
Jeremy Swanson

"Look for snow showers to be around in the morning giving us our first flakes of the season. As far as accumulation there will be a good pasting above 10 (thousand feet) with very little if any in town," Boudreau wrote to his readers yesterday.

Ski resorts across Colorado are prepping for the upcoming winter. Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Vail are among the resorts that have already been making their own snow. If it stays cold enough, look for Loveland to potentially drop its ropes later this month. Keystone and Wolf Creek are projecting a Nov. 2 opening date. But the weather will ultimately decide which ski resorts will open when. Stay tuned to the Real Aspen Snow Report on this site's homepage for ski resort debut dates, new snow accumulations and mid-mountain depths.

In the meantime, here are some great photos taken today at Snowmass Ski Area courtesy of the Aspen Skiing Company's ace photographer Jeremy Swanson:

The Elk Camp chairlift.
Jeremy Swanson
The snow is sticking to the seats in Snowmass.
Jeremy Swanson
Cold proof.
Jeremy Swanson

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 22. Aspen Highlands is planning on Dec. 8 and Buttermilk doesn't intend to open until Dec. 15.

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Snow Report

  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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