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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.

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!

ASPEN MOUNTAIN SNOW STAKE
Aspen Snowmass Snow Report

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.

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

*Updated Nov. 22, 2019, 1:30 p.m.* - Thanks to over a foot of new snow Aspen Mountain will open with 148 acres and 3,200 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing serviced by the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express, and Bell Mountain Chair! According to Aspen Skiing Company, open runs will include Bellissimo, Upper Copper, Deer Park, Dipsy Doodle, Easy Chair, One and Two Leaf, Pumphouse, Silver Bell, Blondies, Pussyfoot, Silver Dip, and Spar Gultch. Check the Aspen Mountain Grooming Report for more details on opening day.

Nov. 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - Tomorrow is opening day on Aspen Mountain, and Mother Nature has blessed us with 10 inches of powder overnight... and it's still snowing. According to the Aspen Times, "Officials said if a storm dropped about 6 inches or more, the top of Aspen Mountain could open for top-to-bottom skiing." We will be looking for that announcement later today!

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

Aspen Snow Report

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