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A foot of new snow falls on Aspen’s four ski areas

December 15, 2014, 10:21 am

Aspen’s four ski areas got pasted with new snow over the weekend, just in time for the openings of both Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands on Saturday.

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Powder prevails at Aspen on Monday (Jeremy Swanson, Aspen Skiing photo).

Snowmass was the big local winner with 8 inches of new snow overnight and 14 in the last 48 hours.  Aspen Mountain received 6 new and 11 in the last 48 hours.

Newly opened Aspen Highlands (including Highlands Bowl) got 4 new overnight and 10 in the last 48 hours, and Buttermilk saw 4 new overnight and 11 in the last 48 hours.

“The new snow was a welcomed site as Aspen Snowmass gears up for the holiday season at all four open mountains,” according to an Aspen Skiing Company press release. “Guests enjoyed the fresh snow across 2,328 acres of open terrain on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, as well as Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk that both opened for the winter season Saturday, Dec. 13. ”

For the detailed snow report as well as open terrain information go to:

More snow is in the forecast for next week, with an overall favorable shift in snow patterns for later in the month.

Meteorologist Joel Gratz of chalked up the surprisingly good snow totals from the latest storm to northwest flow:

“Just enough moisture and just the right temperatures combined to create an additional 6+ inches after close …t,” Gratz wrote Monday morning. “When this falls on top on the snow from Sunday, it should mean awesome conditions and likely faceshots. I thought we could get a few inches after close for ‘soft’ conditions on Monday morning, but this might be faceshot quality?!

“I don’t often do this, but man, I gotta get out there and ski, and so I don’t have time for a full update right now. I’ll write a longer post later this afternoon with more about the light snow possible on Wednesday and Thursday and also the likely pattern change around Christmas or just after.”

For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram or at

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