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Aspen, Snowmass ready to start snowmaking as new storm deposits up to 10 inches

October 30, 2013, 7:51 pm

Aspen and Snowmass, which both open in less than a month, have seen more than 30 inches of snow so far in October.

“Another fall storm hit Aspen/Snowmass last night delivering up to 10 inches of fresh snowfall on the upper slopes of the four area mountains,” according to Aspen/Snowmass spokeswoman Meredith McKee.

Aspen Highlands at sunrise.

Sunrise over Aspen Highlands (Jeremy Swanson photo).

So starting on Friday (Nov. 1), if temperatures stay low enough, crews will fire up the snow guns to get the slopes even more buffed out and ready for opening day on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28).

“Crews are busy boot packing at higher elevations to prepare for the season as Snowmass and Aspen Mountain open in just 29 days,” McKee added.

The two resorts currently open for business in Colorado – Arapahoe Basin and Loveland – both reported 3 inches new out of the latest storm. Copper Mountain and Keystone both open on Friday, with Keystone promising 65 skiable acres on Dercum Mountain.

Keystone’s will offer top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the intermediate Spring Dipper and River Run trails, with the River Run gondola, Summit Express, Montezuma and Ranger lifts all up and running.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, a fifth Colorado ski area opens back up for two days as Wolf Creek cranks up the lifts for the weekend. Wolf Creek officially opens for the full season on Friday, Nov. 8, along with Breckenridge.

More snow is in the forecast across the state through midday Friday, according to meteorologist Joel Gratz of

“I’m expecting a few inches of accumulation [Wednesday] afternoon and tonight for Aspen south to the San Juan Mountains,” Gratz wrote Wednesday. “Snowfall will be more showery in nature (on-and-off) rather than last night with one heavy snow band.”

Moving toward the end of the week, Gratz expects still more snowfall in the Aspen area.

“Most of this moisture will push out of Colorado by Thursday morning, but northwest flow will keep clouds and snow showers in the air from Aspen north to the Wyoming border on Thursday night through Friday midday.”

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