Snow dusts high peaks around Aspen/Snowmass

By Real Aspen
Real AspenSeptember 20, 2013
Although the next week or so (with the exception of Sunday afternoon) looks like prime mountain-biking and hiking weather, a dusting of snow on Colorado’s highest mountains this week got some people in the high country starting to think about the coming ski season.

“Mother Nature brought a dusting of snow on the peaks around Aspen/Snowmass [Wednesday] night, bringing ski and snowboard season to the forefront of locals’ minds,” Aspen Skiing Company’s Meaghan Lynch said in a press release on Thursday.

“The first reminder that the season is on the horizon and lifts will start spinning in just over two months. Snowmass and Aspen Mountain will open Nov. 28 and Aspen/Snowmass will kick off the season and celebrate with Thanksjibbing, a ski and snowboard rail jam competition at Snowmass.”

The SkiCo also took advantage of the opportunity to remind snow riders that early season pricing on all pass products, including the Aspen/Snowmass Classic Pass, lasts through Oct. 13. For more information go to www.aspensnowmass.com/classicpass.
Snow on Independence Pass Wednesday morning.
Matt Hobbs/Aspen Skiing Company
Of course, some Colorado ski areas will open much earlier than late November. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland typically battle for first-to-open bragging rights, cranking up the lifts anywhere from early to mid October depending on overnight temperatures and natural snowfall.

“Overnight, the temps dropped a bit and the snowline came down another 1,000 feet or so,” A-Basin COO and Vice President Alan Henceroth wrote on his blog Thursday. “In the coming weeks we will see more and more weather like this. It is always exciting the first time the base area is white. That could happen literally any day now. I am sure we have plenty of fine weather left, but …”

Meteorologist Joel Gratz of Opensnow.com is calling for nice weather until Sunday afternoon, another shot of snow, and then clear, sunny skies into next week.

"By late morning Sunday and midday, a strong cold front will approach Colorado from the west," Gratz writes. "Expect the front to come through between about 1 to 6 p.m. depending on your exact location. When the front comes through, the weather will change drastically. Winds will likely gust over 40 mph, temperatures will drop to near freezing around 10,000 feet, and snow will likely accumulate above 10,000 feet.

"Just to get you ready for winter, imagine if we were in the month of December and not September. If that were the case, I would be forecasting a last-chair Sunday/first-chair Monday powder day for this upcoming storm as many mountains would see a quick 4-8 inches (or more?) as the cold front comes through."


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