Aspen/Snowmass, CO., January 7, – DEEPcember is over, but the snow has not let up. The latest storm left up to 30 inches of snow at Aspen/Snowmass this weekend, and more is on the way tonight. After a record setting December, with 118 inches (300 centimeters) falling at the top of Snowmass, the resort has now received more nearly 200 inches since the beginning of October.
“We haven’t seen a winter like this in decades,” said Rich Burkley, Vice President, Mountain Operations. “It seems that January is hot on the hells of December already. If this keeps up we’ll be skiing into June.”
Aspen/Snowmass is gearing up for ESPN Winter X Games 12, January 24-27, 2008. The annual event features athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the following sports: Skiing, Snowboard and Snowmobile. January 22-23 will serve as practice and elimination days. All Winter X Games competitions will take place at the resort’s Buttermilk mountain. Winter X Games 12 will air live on ESPN and ABC and will feature nighttime events. The event will remain at Aspen/Snowmass through 2010, for a total of nine consecutive years (2002-2010).
Aspen/Snowmass will host a FREE Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the base of Aspen Mountain at 5:30 p.m. featuring rock band Dinosaur Jr.
The King of Quarters, a quarterpipe competition on Aspen Mountain, will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. This new invitational event will feature some of the world’s best male skiers and snowboarders competing under the lights for $30,000 in cash and prizes. The snowboard competition will serve as the only North American qualifying event for the Oakley Arctic Challenge in Norway with two invitations being issued to both the overall winner and highest air.
With record snowfall and a packed schedule of events, now is the time to book a trip to Aspen/Snowmass. Visit Stay Aspen/Snowmass at www.stayaspensnowmass.com or call 1-888-649-5992 for last minute lodging specials.