As snow falls, anticipation for ski season rises

By Real Aspen
Real AspenSeptember 15, 2011
Snow fell in the high country overnight defying calendars everywhere that still say it is summer.

Downtown Aspen only had to contend with rain as a wet cold front moved across the state but the higher elevations around the city saw their first measurable accumulations of snow since it stopped flying around here in early June.

With the ski season scheduled to begin in Aspen and Snowmass on Nov. 24, and Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands on Dec. 10, the change of scenery was welcomed by many business leaders.

"Did someone have an Ullr party last night? If so, keep it up," Aspen Skiing Company Senior Vice President David Perry posted on Facebook.

The rain and snow is already moving out of Colorado but it has set the stage for fall, which arrives Sept. 23.

Expect a mix of warm and chilly weather from here on out as the trees continue to turn glorious shades of yellow, red and brown before gently dropping to the ground. Despite how things may look, winter won't arrive until Dec. 22.

Check out these images from the Aspen Skiing Company's Jeremy Swanson:

Snow around Aspen's high country.
Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Company
A view from Snowmass
Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Company
Higher elevations around Aspen saw real snow accumulations overnight.
Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Company

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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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