If the La Nina weather pattern holds through the winter, it should continue to be snowy for the northern part of the state and a drier season for the southern part of the state.Typically, weather forecasters view I-70 as the north-south dividing line when it comes to La Nina and El Nino weather patterns, which puts the Aspen area in the southern part of the state. But so far this year, Aspen has been graced with northern snowfall.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE – La Nina has been good to ski resorts in the northern and central Colorado Rocky Mountains so far this winter, but has not been as kind to resorts elsewhere in the state.“At least so far this year, things are setting up in that typical La Nina pattern, said Chris Pacheco, the assistant snow survey supervisor with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRSC). “It is not surprising that the northern portion of the state is doing better than the southern part of the state.”The NRSC puts together an estimate of snow depths in the region around various Colorado ski resorts, called the Ski West Report.And according to that report, snowpack around the Aspen area is at 123 percent of average, based on an average of readings from snow monitoring stations on Independence Pass, McClure Pass, North Lost Trail near Marble and Schofield Pass. The Independence Pass snow-monitoring station, at 10,600 feet, is at 113 percent of average.The Aspen Ski Company’s Daily Ski Report showed Tuesday that Aspen Mountain has a 25-inch base on top and Snowmass has a 36-inch base.
By Brent Gardner-Smith, Dec 1, 2010 ADN