Aspen Conditions Holding Up Despite Balmy Temperatures
Skiers and riders are enjoying some of the best conditions of the season this week as warm daily temperatures are tempered by clouds that keep the snowpack from dwindling away too quickly, according to the AspenBusinessJournal.com
With 100 percent of the terrain open on two of the four area mountains - Ajax and Snowmass- you’d think there would be room to breathe. But after last season’s quick meltdown, when the snow just stopped coming after March 5, locals tend to get a little nervous during a dry or warm stretch. According to Aspen weather watcher Jim Markalunas, only 6/10ths of an inch of snow fell that month.
By comparison, 5 inches fell last Sunday and that snow “had a lot of water content,” Markalunas noted.
“Last weekend was mid-winter skiing and the snow that’s up there is fantastic,” said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. “It’s not going to melt off quickly” even if temperatures remain where they have been lately, in the 40s and low 50s, he said.
There are two full weeks left in the season at Ajax and Snowmass, which close April 14 and three weeks left at Highlands, where the final day is scheduled for April 21, “assuming nothing crazy (weather-wise) happens,” Hanle said. Buttermilk is set to close after April 7.
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