There is a "Dust Bowl"-like phenomenon in Mongolia and northwestern China where battered cropland gives way to the spring winds and sprays dust from Beijing to Tokyo to Snowmass. The last few weeks have been especially bad, with Phoenix, Denver, and elsewhere getting a layer of Mongolian powder.
At Snowmass, the runs down to Two Creeks were hit particularly hard:
And as I blogged last week, dirty snow melts much faster and in an entirely different fashion than clean snow.
On Sunday, Aspen Mountain was in better shape, thanks to the resort's impeccable grooming and its relatively small acreage. Luckily, fresh snow should shroud the Mongolian dust by midweek, and with $29 lift tickets and all sorts of lodging deals (Viceroy Snowmass is offering studios for $95 through mid-June), skiing Aspen on the cheap is a reality -- for at least two weekends.
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