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As of Wednesday, this winter’s snowpack is nearly exactly the same as it was last year. 2019’s skyrocket in snowfall totals did not begin until the first week of March. Russ Schumacher, a climatologist at Colorado State University, says that jump isn’t likely to repeat.

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Aspen Skiing Company canceled the Full Moon Dinner that was scheduled at Buttermilk’s Cliffhouse Restaurant on Tuesday, as safety concerns are growing on area mountains.

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A local environmental nonprofit and the City of Aspen have been taking steps toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Artist Sonja Hinrichsen has been bringing attention to the issue with snowshoers in the valley through an environmental art project.

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As temperatures rise into the sixties this week, World Cup officials are concerned about degrading course conditions. But so far, firm snow is holding, thanks in part to a variation of table salt.

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Immigrants who are new to Roaring Fork Valley schools often come from warm, tropical countries. A partnership between Basalt High School and the Roaring Fork Conservancy aims to help students understand their new environment.

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The City of Aspen has been experimenting with snow removal on the Castle Creek Bridge.

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Aspen natives Noah Hoffman and Simi Hamilton, members of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team, have been racing in Europe, but the snow conditions are strikingly bare. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with the skiers via Skype from their hotel in Switzerland.

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This weekend, snowboarder Chris Klug, and Starwood developer Edgar Stern  are being inducted into the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of fame. Though the actual hall is in Michigan, the ceremony is happening in Aspen - Klug’s hometown.

Captain Andy and the whale

Jan 20, 2016
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 Andy Munoz’s larger-than-life snow sculptures in the Elk Camp Meadows have become synonymous with the family-friend Ullr nights held each Friday in Snowmass Village.

Fall snow brings avalanche danger

Nov 10, 2015
CAIC

There are avalanches being reported in the high country already. On Saturday, a skier triggered a large slide on a mountain near Gothic. Forecasters from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center say the activity is due to new and wind-drifted snow gathering on old, weak layers from storms in October. Brian Lazar is with the Center.

Brian Lazar is the Deputy Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Mountain Edition - November 5th, 2015

Nov 5, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Voters in Aspen this week turned down a new lodge proposed on Main Street. Now, the developer is moving forward with an alternative.

With fresh snow, mountain roads are closing and buses are getting outfitted for skis.

Western Slope officials are making their message clear about the statewide water plan.

And, a proposed development in El Jebel has officers realizing there isn’t enough law enforcement in the area.

UPDATE: Independence Pass is now open

Oct 23, 2015

Independence Pass was temporarily closed due to inclement weather and stuck vehicles this morning. The pass is now open for through traffic.

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Now that the leaves are changing, weather officials are releasing forecasts for the upcoming winter. The jury’s out on whether the strong El Nino pattern that’s expected will bring heavy snow or dry conditions. Marci Krivonen spoke with two forecasters about their predictions. First, Joel Gratz of Open Snow. It's a weather service for skiers and riders.

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The numbers are out for this past ski season [2014 - 2015]. More than 7 million people visited Colorado’s ski resorts. That’s down slightly from the record-setting season one year before.

Drought conditions persist despite rainfall

May 25, 2015
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Even with all of the recent rain and snow in Western Colorado, the region continues to be in a drought. Some areas have “severe drought” conditions, including the southwest section of Pitkin County. Wildfire season typically gets underway in May and June. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Doug Paul from the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit about the wildfire outlook.

Doug Paul is with the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit, which manages fire on federal lands. 

CDOT: Independence Pass will open Thursday

May 18, 2015
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The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to open Independence Pass to vehicle traffic this week. The winter gates are scheduled to open Thursday.

Crews start in April, clearing the high mountain pass of snow and debris. One of the last steps is avalanche mitigation, where officials from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center set off slides, then road crews clear away the snow. The avalanche work was done Thursday. CDOT spokesperson Tracy Trulove is confident the road will open on time.

Sculpting Snow In Downtown Aspen

Jan 12, 2015
Marci Krivonen

During this year’s Winterskol celebration in Aspen, two large snow sculptures towered above passersby on the Mill Street Mall. Artist Thomas Barlow created the works. The Basalt-based artist has created more than two dozen snow sculptures at festivals and events across the globe. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with him mid-sculpt on Friday afternoon.

Artist Thomas Barlow thoughtfully slices his chainsaw through a large block of snow. The snow sprays on Barlow’s black jacket and sunglasses.

New Snow Makes Avalanches In October Possible

Oct 1, 2014
CAIC

Wednesday’s big snowflakes were the first major sign of winter in Colorado’s high country and one organization is already warning powder hungry skiers to be wary of avalanches in the backcountry. 

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center put out a statement on Wednesday warning of avalanches in October. Avalanche Forecaster Scott Toepfer says it’s not uncommon to see slides this early in the season and usually skiers are unprepared.

Jeremy Swanson

Business leaders say Aspen is bouncing back from the recession and spirits are high, partly because of a snowy winter.

"We have had an incredible winter season, which is wonderful because I’ve been up here presenting before when things haven’t been so great," says Debbie Braun.

She's the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) President and she spoke at a breakfast for business and government leaders Tuesday. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the resort’s total economic activity has almost reached pre-recession levels.

Snowy Forecast Brings Smiles, Plans, Worries

Feb 5, 2014
Elise Thatcher

Aspen Skiing Company says its four mountains have gotten fifteen feet of snow this winter, only halfway through the ski and snowboard season. A big contributor was a storm that dumped a historic amount of white gold in Aspen last week. Now, more winter weather is in the works, with two feet in the forecast for the next several days. There are mixed reactions from locals and tourists. 

 

Woo and Hoo!

Jan 31, 2014
Roger Adams

Longtime locals are saying this is the most snow to fall from a single storm in decades.  It might not even be hyperbole to say it is shaping up to be an epic powder day.  All of this was predicted two weeks ago by meteorologist Cory Gates , owner of Aspenweather.net.  Gates focuses his forecasting skills on the hyper-local microclimates within the Roaring Fork Valley.  The really good news, says Gates, is that as February goes, so might go the rest of the winter; and February is looking good for snow.  He says we should all remember the number 140.  Gates spoke with APR's Roger Adams.