How To Prepare For Your Powder Day

Powder Day, Aspen Snowmass

Powder days in ski towns are like Christmas morning for adults. And the good news is that they happen more than once in a winter (most years). But besides looking out your window, here’s how to get most accurate information on snow totals, terrain reports and real-time conditions so you can maximize your powder play.

Weather Guru

Do you consider yourself an aspiring meteorologist? Or sometimes wonder why Snowmass reports twice as much snow as Aspen? Thanks to real-time weather data feeds, you too can track the weather as it changes hourly to see which mountain is actually getting the most snow — and then plan accordingly for the next day.

Aspen/Snowmass’ mid-mountain and mountain-top weather stations report ongoing snow accumulations so you don’t have to wait until the morning to know how much fell. On Aspen Highlands, snow is tracked at Cloud Nine; on Snowmass, at the base of High Alpine lift; at Aspen Mountain snow is tracked from the base of Gent’s Ridge, and on Buttermilk, it’s monitored from the top only.
Sending it on a snowboard
Of course, if reading charts it’s too much work, there’s visual tracking too on Snowmass. The snow stake, at Elk Camp, actually measures snow and people can watch the white stuff pile up. Either log on for a time lapse to get a feel for how much snow fell, or get a real-time report of snow depth.

Daily Snow Report

Aspen Mountain Powder Tour
If you don’t want to do the work of keeping track in advance of, or during, a storm, simply sign up for the daily snow report and an email will be delivered to your inbox at 7am every day with the snow totals on each of our four mountains. It's never been easier to check the snow report in the early morning hours.

Go Bowling

Go bowling at Highland Bowl

Go bowling at Highland Bowl

Skiers and snowboarders are of course eager to know when the Highland Bowl will open on a powder day after ski patrol performs its avalanche control work. Checking the lift status page for Aspen Highlands is the best way to track its progress — second only to word of mouth.

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Still Wondering?

Before heading up to the slopes, the last place to check conditions is live footage from the top of the mountain. View web cams from each summit, and tune into Aspen 82’s live stream from 7:30–9:30am, where the television station reports from Aspen and Snowmass every morning.

Buckle in and enjoy the ride.

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