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Aspen Snow Report for 9 Dec 2016

  • Weather Forecast for Aspen Mountain at  m altitude issued: 10 pm10 Dec 2016 (local time)  
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Aspen Snow Report for 9 Dec 2016

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Our Snow Report for Aspen brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Aspen snow report shown below was updated on 9 Dec 2016. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Aspen.

Aspen Snow Report Issued: 9 Dec 2016

Season opens: 26 November 2016 | Season closes: 16 April 2017

Season open
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Most recent snowfallon 9 Dec 2016
Fresh snow depth:5cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
74
74
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-pistePowder
PowderOff piste Powder
Resort runsResort runsclosed

Resort Ski Report:7 out of 40Lifts open.

Aspen Snow Conditions:Loads of new snow. Fantastic skiing

Reported Weather Conditions:Sun/cloud,Predominantly sunny with cloudy spells,Temperature: -2°C

  
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*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sun Mon Tue

(2421m — 3417m)

snow report 2 days ago

0 km away

Aspen webcam
74
74
Powder
Powder
5 cm
2 days ago
15
53
5
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2919 m
1950m 1600m 1550m

(2399m — 3018m)

snow report yesterday

3 km away

Buttermilk webcam
38
28
Packed Powder
13
46
5
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2708 m
1950m 1650m 1600m

(2450m — 3558m)

snow report yesterday

4 km away

Aspen Highlands webcam
64
43
Powder
17
60
5
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3004 m
1950m 1650m 1600m

(2469m — 3812m)

snow report yesterday

11 km away

69
36
Packed Powder
20
72
5
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3140 m
1950m 1650m 1600m

(2685m — 3618m)

snow report 2 days ago

41 km away

58
58
Powder
Powder
18 cm
2 days ago
39
91
8
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 3152 m
2050m 1750m 1750m

Notes on the Aspen Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Aspen. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Aspen piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Aspen snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Aspen, the Aspen weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Aspen weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Aspen, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Aspen. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Aspen snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Aspen snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Aspen snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Aspen snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Aspen, study the Aspen piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Aspen snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Aspen on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Aspen (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Aspen Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Aspen snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.