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New Year keeps delivering fresh powder at Aspen

January 12, 2014, 9:16 am

Aspen is once again catching the southern edge of a northwest flow of moisture that on Saturday dumped buckets of rain on Seattle and 18 inches of snow on the Summit at Snoqualimie ski area just east of Seattle.

The pattern of northwest-to-southwest moisture flow has delivered fresh powder to much of northern and central Colorado since the beginning of the New Year, continuing an above-average ski season for Aspen and other ski areas across Colorado.

powder skiing at Aspen

Conditions at Aspen have been stellar lately, and more snow is on the way (Jeremy Swanson, Aspen Skiing Company photo).

“In the first 10 days of January we have seen more than a foot and a half of snow and we have now had more than 11 feet of snow since Oct. 1,” said Aspen spokeswoman Meredith McKee.

“We currently have more than 93 percent of our terrain open and base depths are 50 to 75 percent greater than last year on this date at many places across our four mountains. The skiing and riding is as good as anywhere in the world right now.”

Meteorologist Joel Gratz of says snow riders should get out and take advantage of the conditions this week as high pressure builds in and dries up the atmosphere over the next week or so.

“A quick 3-6 inches of snow will fall on Sunday as the cold front moves from north to south across the state,” Gratz wrote Sunday morning. “Behind the front, snow showers will continue Sunday afternoon through midday Monday with an additional 3-6+ inches along and north of I-70.

“Then we’ll be in a dry pattern starting on Tuesday and this will last for at least 10 days, though a weak storm or two could bring light snow to Colorado during this time.”

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