ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service says some trails in the Aspen area might not open until well into the summer, if at all, due to a heavy snowpack and avalanche debris. The Aspen Times reports that Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer said Tuesday that the biggest questions exist for the popular Conundrum Trail and parking lot southwest of Aspen.

The avalanche near Aspen (credit: CAIC)

The area was buried by a massive slide off Highlands Ridge during an intense storm earlier this month.

Schroyer says that Pitkin County Road and Bridge workers estimate the Conundrum Trailhead is buried under about 40 feet of snow.

Schroyer says a decision about Conundrum Trail’s status for the summer could be made as soon as this week.

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Schroyer says she doesn’t know when Maroon Creek will be open, either.

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