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Nearly 3 feet of new snow pounds Aspen

January 31, 2014, 5:50 pm

Aspen has been pasted with 30 inches of new snow since Thursday morning, and more flakes were falling into the night Friday.

Before the latest monster storm rolls east Saturday morning it will have dropped nearly 3 feet of new snow.

Aspen hit with nearly 3 feet of new snow

Snow riders played in nearly 3 feet of new snow Friday (Aspen Skiing Company photo).

“Close to 15 feet (4.5 meters) of snow has fallen on our local mountains this season and nearly all terrain is open,” Aspen officials reported this afternoon. “After this system moves on, look for the rest of our steeps on Snowmass to open, bringing us to 100 percent with 5,547 acres (2,245 hectares).”

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February is shaping up nicely in terms of more powder skiing, according to

“Looking ahead to next week, the entire state will get a few inches from a storm that will last from Monday through Wednesday,” meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote this afternoon. “This could produce perhaps half a foot for the San Juan [Mountains] with less to the north.

“The bigger story will be a strong storm on Thursday and Friday that will target the San Juans with heavy snow. Areas further north should also see flakes, but the San Juans will probably be the focal point for that storm.”

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) has issued an Avalanche Warning through 6 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1.

“An Avalanche Warning is issued for the following zones: Steamboat, Front Range, Vail-Summit, Sawatch, Aspen, Gunnison. Heavy snowfall has increased the avalanche danger to HIGH (Level 4).

“Avalanche conditions are very dangerous. Natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely. Some avalanches may be very large and destructive. Backcountry travelers are advised to stay well clear of all avalanche terrain. Avoid traveling on or under steep slopes.”

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