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Late barrage of snow gives Vail Valley deep days

Aspen/Snowmass finally get the goods

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenJanuary 20, 2011
Thirty-three inches of snow have fallen on Vail in the past 72 hours, and if you weren't lucky enough to enjoy Tuesday or Wednesday, you're still in luck with some leftovers today and another storm heading our way for the weekend.

A cold front blasted through Colorado Wednesday leaving heavy snow and rink-like roads in its wake. Vail is reporting another 15 inches of new snow today, with most of that snow falling during the day Wednesday.

Aspen is reporting 4 inches, while Snowmass wins out in the Roaring Fork Valley with nine new.

Today we will see bright blue skies and frigid temps as high pressure will briefly keep things calm and clear. Expect on-mountain highs in the low teens today with light winds from the west. Very cold tonight as clear skies will drop temps into the single digits.

Friday will be partly sunny as high clouds will move in ahead of our next system. Saturday's storm looks a lot like this past week, with strong dynamics, cold air, and plenty of moisture.

As of now I expect to see 4-8 inches on Sunday morning's report in the Vail Valley, with higher totals on northwest-facing slopes.

Aspen/Snowmass will benefit from stronger flow, expecting 3-6 inches by Sunday morning. This may change within the next 36 hours, but for now things look favorable for another powder-filled weekend.

Long-term forecasts look good, as we see mild temps and clear skies most of next week before another shot of snow next weekend.

For now, grab the big boards, the camera, and your smile, because skiing in Colorado now couldn't be better.


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Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
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Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
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Vail n/a n/a closed
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