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Aspen should see more snow through the weekend and next week

Mid-week blast of powder freshens slopes from Snowmass to Highlands

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February 21, 2014, 8:25 am
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Aspen Highlands saw 7 inches of new snow Thursday morning (Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Company).

Aspen saw a nice mid-week blast of snow Wednesday night and should get some more snow through the weekend and next week, according to forecasters.

Snowmass was the big winner Thursday morning with 9 inches of new snow, followed by Aspen Highlands with 7 and Aspen Mountain with 6.

“Aspen Highlands boasts a 69-91 inch base after the last couple weeks have made for sublime conditions and there is a possibility of more on the way,” Aspen officials reported on Thursday.

“Next week we’ll see three storms: A weak one on Tuesday night for northern Colorado, another weak system on Thursday for the whole state, then a stronger storm next weekend for the whole state,” meteorologist Joel Gratz of Opensnow.com wrote Friday morning.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center on Friday morning had rated backcountry avalanche conditions in the Aspen area as “considerable.”

“In these conditions, whether or not you trigger a slide while skiing or riding a steep slope is mostly a matter of luck,” the CAIC wrote Friday morning. “If you don’t want to take your chances in this high-stakes lottery, avoid slopes steeper than 35 degrees.”

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