Colorado Ski areas unlikely to close despite extreme cold


Despite forecasts of an Arctic blast bringing single-digit high temperatures and dangerous wind-chill conditions to northern Colorado ski resorts on Thursday, it seems unlikely that any will close due to the cold.

Ski areas sometimes suspend operations when high winds create dangerous conditions for lift operations, especially on the upper reaches of their mountains, but not for cold.

“I’ve been here for 25 years,” said Jeff Hanle, a spokesman for Aspen Snowmass. “To my knowledge, and our VP of mountain operations, we’ve never shut down anything because of cold. We provide extra hand warmers for employees. We encourage them to take more breaks. We send a lift supervisor around to give people time to go inside and warm up.”

High temperatures on Thursday for Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass are expected to be from 9 to 11 degrees. Twelve northern Colorado ski areas are predicted to have single-digit high temperatures and many can expect high winds as well.


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