Storm Dumps Five Feet on Aspen

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Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., January 12, 2005 — The storm system passing through Colorado is nailing the Aspen/Snowmass area blanketing all four mountains - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk — with fresh powder skiers and riders dream of.

The recent storm dropped 66 inches of snow in the last 9 days, equaling the record for the single biggest storm cycle since record keeping began at Aspen Highlands in the '78-'79 season. The current total snow depth at Aspen Highlands mid-mountain stake of 76 inches is the highest total for this date in the 28 years of record keeping.

The snow has come down continuously for over a week leaving over five feet of the light, dry snow Colorado is known for. Aspen/Snowmass has received 66 inches of snow since January 1. Currently there is an 87 inch base at the top of Aspen Highlands and an 84 inch base at the top of Snowmass. The base depth at Snowmass is nearly double the 5-year average for this date. As of January 12, Aspen/Snowmass has already surpassed our monthly average for January.

In the last 24 hours Aspen Highlands has received 21 inches of new snow, Snowmass has received 16 inches, Aspen Mountain reports 14 and Buttermilk has received 12 of snow.