ASPEN — More than 70 inches of snow have fallen on Aspen Mountain since it closed for the season on April 10 making it a magnet for skiers who still want to make their turns and raising safety concerns among Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) officials. Aspen had received more than 7 inches on the slopes by early afternoon Wednesday, and plenty more is falling.
The continuing snowfall has ASC expecting another outpouring of skiers using climbing skins or snowmobiles to get up the mountain so they could ski down Thursday, ASC spokesman Jeff Hanle said. ASC is urging adventurers to use caution since the ski patrol hasn’t worked the slopes in a month. “It’s essentially reverted to wild conditions,” Hanle said. “Treat it like the backcountry.”
Due to Mother Nature rewarding them more snow, ASC is starting to consider to fire up the chairlifts on Aspen Mountain again, perhaps on Memorial Day weekend. However, no decision will officially be made until it is a bit closer due to possible warm weather.