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The Snow Report

Our Aspen Snowmass Snow Scoop:

An on-the-ground update detailing all the major snow events of winter 2019-20 in Aspen Snowmass.

With the early suspension of ski season, we have stopped updating this page. We look forward to keeping you informed about the Aspen Snowmass snowfall next season.

This year, we are using our prime location in downtown Aspen to share the snow scoop during the 2019-2020 ski season. Check back through the winter to learn about the best storm cycles and see great powder photography from Aspen Snowmass. Ski on!

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PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2019-20 SKI SEASON

With the 2020 Farmer's Almanac predicting freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall for the 2019-2020 winter season, we are keeping our fingers crossed for another incredible ski season!

Similar to last winter, 2019-2020 should be another wild ride with heavy snow and deep powder. The snowiest time periods, according to the Farmer's Almanac, will be late November, mid- and late-January, early February, and early March. With seven weekends of wicked storm cycles last season, we are hoping for at least that many this year.

13+ Inches and a Snow Squall | Feb. 26, 2020

The hits keep coming! With more than a foot of snow between Saturday night and Tuesday morning and a lull in visitors after Presidents' Week, many skiers are still finding deep powder stashes on both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass.

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Tyler Wilkinson Ray | Feb. 23, 2020

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Matt Power | Feb. 24, 2020

Hanging Wall at Snowmass | Feb. 25, 2020 |Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jeremy Swanson

On Monday morning, Aspen experienced a rare snow squall. Terrain openings were delayed, but this microburst "groomed" many mogul areas and delivered even more powder.

"What is a snow squall?" you might ask. It's a new weather term that the National Weather Service began using in 2018. It's defined as a short but ferocious burst of strong wind and heavy snow, lasting less than an hour.

Snow Squall Blowing into Aspen | Feb. 24, 2020

Full Send February | Feb. 10, 2020

It has been a great start to February! With 22 inches of new snow since the first of the month, we've been skiing fresh powder more days than not. Our most recent storm came with significant wind, which buffed out many mogul runs and wind-loaded some aspects and tree zones. Plus, the forecast is calling for more snow via another round of winter storms later this week.

Enjoying a day of free refills on Aspen Mountain | Feb. 7, 2020

Feb. 9, 2020 | Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Matt Power

Back-to-back winter storms brought lots of powder last week. | Feb. 6, 2020

Ripping through deeeep powder | Feb. 7, 2020 | Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jordan Curet

January Snow Recap: Slow & Steady Made it Soft! | Feb. 3, 2020

With small amounts of consistent snowfall and a big storm highlighting the beginning of the year, it's no surprise that January was a great ski month for Aspen. OpenSnow recorded new snow more than half the days of the month, and Aspen Highlands received more than four feet of snow in January.

There are back-to-back snowstorms in the near forecast, which should bring in several inches of powder and keep the snow and skiing at optimum conditions!

Photo: OpenSnow logged new snow on 16 days in January.

Aspen Highlands received more than 4 feet of new snow in January.

Aspen was blessed with some amazing sunsets late in January | Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Sam Ferguson

New Year, New Snow, Same Great Views! | Jan. 2, 2020

Here in Aspen, we are starting 2020 with 7 inches of new snow this morning, 15 inches of snow over the past 48 hours, and even more snow is in the forecast for this evening and next week. According to OpenSnow.com, we can expect to see a snowstorm every 1-3 days until Friday, Jan. 17 and "with some luck, accumulations could be consistent and significant."

Photo: OpenSnow.com

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Matt Power

23 Inches Over the Weekend and It's Still Coming Down | Dec. 16, 2019

Over the past three days, Aspen received close to 25 inches of snowmaking the year's early ski season one for the books. This past snowstorm has added to our already healthy base total and allowed even more terrain to open across all four mountains - Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. Plus, Aspen Snowmass' inaugural Passapalooza ski weekend was a great success - mostly due to the epic snow conditions this early in December.

The frigid temperatures forecasted for early this week should keep the heavy snowfall in good ski conditions until close to Christmas Eve, when Aspen is due to experience another round of winter storms.

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jordan Curet | Dec. 14

Frias Properties General Manager Ben Wolff Crushing a Powder Day | Dec. 14

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jordan Curet | Dec. 15

Powder Pancakes On All Four Mountains! | Dec. 9, 2019

With more than 10 inches of snow reported on all four mountains in the past 24 hours, early ski season couldn't get much better. But wait, it does! Today from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., free pancakes are served on each Aspen Snowmass mountain, a normal occurrence on every powder day with more than 8 inches reported.

And today's powder isn't the end of it. There is more snow in the forecast this coming Friday through Sunday.

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Oliver Sutro | Dec. 9

Highland Bowl opened Saturday with blue skies and plenty of snow.

Skiers and riders reported near-epic conditions for Highlands' opening day.

Waking up to 10 inches on Aspen Mountain | Nov. 22, 2019

Tomorrow is opening day on Aspen Mountain, and Mother Nature has blessed us with 10 inches of powder overnight and it's still snowing. With this winter storm piling on to what is already on the mountain, there will definitely be top-to-bottom skiing tomorrow.

We are looking forward to seeing you all out on the mountain tomorrow for opening day!

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jordan Curet

Photo: Jordan Curet

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jordan Curet

30 Days 'Til Opening Day | Oct. 30, 2019

October 2019 is matching up to last year when we opened five days early with the best conditions we've seen in decades. With back-to-back storms and cold temps ideal for snowmaking, we could see an incredible early ski season again this year!

OpenSnow.com reported the total snowfall from Sunday afternoon through sunrise today is 9 inches on both Aspen Highlands and Snowmass and 7 inches atop Aspen Mountain. Although we can report these great stats for a two-part October snowstorm, even more snow could have been seen if the temperature hadn't dropped so drastically to single-digits and even into the negatives.

The sweep of COLD temperatures may seem like a negative, but the cold front has allowed for Aspen Ski Company to start making snow early! According to The Aspen Times, five snow guns will run across the four mountains over the next couple of days - adding to the already nice base snow totals. Additionally, bootpacking in Highlands Bowl will start today.

With over three feet of snow blanketing the upper slopes of the Aspen-Snowmass ski areas and Independence Pass already closed for the season (the earliest closure in nine years), we are all wondering and anxiously waiting to hear if these early storms will result in an early opening at Aspen Mountain?!

Aspen Snowmass Snow Report

Photo: Jordan Curet

Aspen Snowmass Snow Report

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jeremy Swanson

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Snow Guns at Work on Aspen Mountain

12 Inches of Snow Overnight | Oct. 24, 2019

The first major snowstorm of the 2019-20 winter season swept through Aspen last night. After high winds and whiteout conditions throughout the night, we were rewarded with 12 inches of fluffy snow.

Now that everything is covered in snow, we can't help but anxiously await opening day at Aspen Mountain. Aspenites already have high hopes for large snow totals this year.

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Elliot Wilkinson-Ray

New snow in Aspen Snowmass

The First Snow in Downtown Aspen | Oct. 10, 2019

With the aspen trees at their peak golden color, we received our first snow in downtown Aspen. With temperatures below freezing, there was a clash of the seasons. The beautiful fall foliage was capped with sparkling white snow, making Aspen and the surrounding mountains a sight to see!

Although the temperature is forecast to warm over the weekend, today's snowstorm and the more-than-8-inches at the top of Aspen Mountain are clear indicators that winter and ski season are not far off.

October snow in Aspen Snowmass

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jeremy Swanson

October snow in Aspen Snowmass

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Tamara Susa

October snow in Aspen Snowmass

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jeremy Swanson

The First Snow of the Season | Sept. 12, 2019

Aspen woke up to the first dusting of snow for the 2019-20 winter season on Sept. 12, 2019. With summer flowers still in bloom, these flakes were a delighting surprise for the powder hounds just itching to get back on the mountain.

Read the full story for our first snowfall of the season on AspenTimes.com.

First Snow of Aspen ski season

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jeremy Swanson

First snow of winter in Aspen

Photo: Aspen Snowmass

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Tamara Susa